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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.


14 October 2017The UNECE Regulatory Cooperation Unit wishes all WP. 6 delegates a very happy World Standards Day. Standards make cities smarter, contributing to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. 
Please join us in applauding the standards community for making our cities, and our world smarter, safer and more resilient.

18 September 2017The secretary of the WP. 6 participates in the ISO Annual Session with two interventions at ISO/DEVCO (Committee on developing country matters) and at the General Assembly Panel on "Partnerships".
She will present a proposal for a side event back to back to the 2018 ISO General Assembly at the Palais des Nations on "Standards for sustainable development". 

16 August 2017New ICTSD paper discusses how UNECE WP. 6 "International Model/Recommendation L" could help untangle the private standards maze. The paper explores, first, how the UNECE approach could be used to define a set of "meta-principles" taking the form of framework rules addressing how standards should be set and operated, how to ensure they are credible, transparent, etc. And second, how it could be used to implement it, that is how private standard-setters and operators can demonstrate that they comply with  the meta-principles that have been defined.

15 June 2017: The online registration for the 27th Annual Session of the of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies, taking place from November 28 to 30 at the Palais des Nations, is now open. To facilitate your access to the Palais des Nations we encourage you to register on-line as soon as possible.

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).
More information on the Session, its format and Speakers can be found here.



28 to 30 November 2017
Salle VII at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

11 to 12 September 2017
Stockholm, Sweden

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