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Our mission

The Working Party works to increase regulatory cooperation in specific sectors that have a critical impact on sustainability and on resilience to natural and man-made hazards. It also works:

  • To promote the use of standards by policy-makers and business as a tool for reducing technical barriers to trade, promote increased resilience to disasters, foster innovation and good governance
  • To promote the use of standards in the implementation of UN-wide goals, including the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sendai framework for action 

More about WP.6 Thematic Areas

Regulatory Cooperation: UNECE works to lower costs, facilitate trade and improve access to critical technologies through regulatory cooperation.Market Survelliance: UNECE works to ensure that products safe and comply with regulations in force, through development of best practice and use of international standards.Risk Management: UNECE guides regulatory authorities in managing risks confronting consumers, citizens and communities and reducing economic and human costs of disasters 
Education on Standards: UNECE promotes education on standards-related activities in universities, higher-education establishments and vocational-training institutionsUse of International Standards: WP. 6 is ensuring policy makers are aware and make use of relevant standards. Enable and empower both Governments and UN Organizations to use international standards in policy workQuality Infrastructure: UNECE works to build institutional capacity for precise measurement, reliable inspections, and audits in order to facilitate trade while ensuring product quality and regulatory conformance.


8 June 2017: UNECE, in partnership with TUV Rheinland and other key stakeholders, is organising a brainstorming session “The emperor’s new clothes” at the EU DevDays 2017 on June 8 in Brussels.
The Goal is to initiate a standards based platform to detox the apparel industry and launch an initiative to make it more transparent.
Invited Stakeholders include consumer organizations, NGOs, Start-ups, Brands/Retailers, Entrepreneurs, Plant managers, Chemical Suppliers, International Development Organizations (UNIDO, ILO, UNEP, ITC, European Comission).

19 May 2017: UNECE participates in the ICTSD event on the "WTO Appellate Body ruling on the Russia–EU Pigs dispute (DS475). UNECE will share its perspective on how risk management and regulatory cooperation can help prevent crisis.

To register for the event or attend online please see the ITCSD website.

9 May 2017: The minutes from the First meeting of the initiative forgender-responsive standards, that took place on April 4 in Geneva, are now available.

13 April 2017: The report from the GRM meeting in Germany from 20 to 22 February is now available.

30 December 2016: The report of the 26th Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) is now available.

1 December 2016: At its 2016 annual session the Working Party revised two recommendations (F and G) that aim at facilitating international trade by avoiding the duplication of conformity assessment procedures whenever possible.



04 April 2017
International Trade Centre (ITC), 54-56 rue de Montbrillant, Geneva in room 4

20 to 22 February 2017
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), Germany – Centre for Materials and Coastal Research

30 November to 02 December 2016
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland