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The UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) is a forum for dialogue among regulators and policy makers. The participants discuss a wide range of issues, including technical regulations, standardization, conformity assessment, metrology, market surveillance and risk management.

The Working Party makes recommendations that promote regulatory policies to protect the health and safety of consumers and workers, and preserve our natural environment, without creating unnecessary barriers to trade and investment. They are non-binding, and are widely implemented in the UNECE member States and beyond


24-26 November 2014: 24th Annual Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

27 August 2014: UNECE/ATEX/IECEx Discussion Forum and Meeting of the UNECE IECEEE initiative to discuss the acceptance of IECEx Certificates of Conformity as an alternative to EC Type Examination Certificatein The Hague, The Netherlands.

23-25 April 2014: Meeting of the UNECE MARS Group and Forum of the Market Surveillance authorities of Serbia and South East Europe, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia.

11-13 April 2014: UNECE contributes the the Regional Trade Capacity Building Programme for the countries of the Caucasus and Western CIS, organized by UNIDO with technical support from the Network on Metrology Accreditation and Standardization for Developing Countries in Warsaw, Poland. Please download the agenda.

6 April 2014: The Secretariat of the WP. 6 is pleased to contribute to the Background research for the 2015 Edition of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction with an analysis of the role of "Standards and Normative Mechanisms for Disaster Risk Reduction" to enhance awareness of the role standards play in preventing, reducing the impact of, and coping with natural and man-made disasters.

18-20 November 2013: The 23rd Annual Session of the WP.6  took place at Palais des Nations, Geneva. An International Conference on "Standards and Regulatory Frameworks" was held on 19 November 2013.  The Conference  presented global best practice in the use of standards in regulatory work: in particular as regards operationalizing sustainable development, managing risks, and addressing non-conformity to standards and regulations. New: (French and Russian version of the report now available).



Quick links

Risk Management in Regulatory Frameworks

A Common Regulatory Framework for Equipment Used in Environments with an Explosive Atmosphere: ECE/TRADE/391

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