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About WP.6

The UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies works to lower costs, facilitate trade and improve access to critical technologies, while protecting the health and safety of consumers and workers, and preserving our natural environment, To achieve this  goal, the Working Party develops common regulatory frameworks in specific sectors.

It also develops initiatives on cross-cutting issues such as, in particular: market surveillance, and education on standards and standards-related issues, and risk management and disaster risk reduction through implementation of standards and enforcement of regulations.


8 January 2016: The secretary of the WP 6 gives a “presentation” to the “meeting of the Vice-Rectors for Education” of the “League of European Research Universities (LERU)”  on the "UNECE Education about Standardization Initiative".

17 December 2015: The Secretary of the Working Party joins a panel discussion in the Trade and Development Symposium in Nairobi on the sidelines of the 10th WTO Ministerial on the topic of "Regulatory coherence through the WTO".

14 December 2015: Delivering on the Trade Facilitation Agreement: The role of standards and regulatory frameworks - a side event of Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference - presented experiences with existing standards and related tools, as well as thoughts on how such instruments can be better used to further enhance implementation of the WTO TFA worldwide. Link to programme and presentations of the event.

1-2 December 2015:  World Standards Cooperation Workshop on Conformity Assessment: Co-organized by the ISO, IEC and ITU and hosted by the UNECE to discuss how conformity assessment choices can help reduce technical barriers to trade and increase safety and compliance.

27 - 29 October 2015: The Secretary of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies participates in the UN 70 Belarus Express for SDGs Initiative to support the global goals.

21 October 2015: UNECE works in partnership with the E15 initiative of ICTSD  and the WEF to promote regulatory cooperation. Read the just-published think piece that offers a a roadmap for countries to enhance regulatory coherence across jurisdictions by engaging in regulatory cooperation.




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

26 to 27 September 2016
Room S1, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland