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Twenty-third Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6)

18 - 20 November 2013

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

23rd Annual Session of WP. 6 took place from 18 November 2013 to 20 November 2013. Please download the session report.

The session's highlights were: -  the adoption of the revised version of recommendation D on "Reference to Standards",

  • a review of recent developments in standardization policies and regional and international regulatory cooperation
  • a report on initiatives taken to implement the best practice developed by the Working Party in the field of Risk Management
  • the follow up on the discussion on education on standards-related issues.  

As part of the session, the UNECE STARTed Initiative on Education on Standardization held its first meeting on 20th November 2013.

An International Conference on "Standards and Regulatory Frameworks" was held on 19 November 2013. Please download the Conference report (unedited)"
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. Speakers showcased practical ways of solving common issues as regards the referencing of standards in technical regulations, and discussed how to enhance and sustain cooperation between standards-making bodies and regulators.

Document Title
Item 1: Adoption of the agenda      
Annotated provisional agenda
Item 2: Discussion on the Working Party's Rules of Procedure      
Guidelines on procedures and practices for ECE bodies
E/ECE/1468 - Annex III
Item 3: Election of Officiers
Item 4: Matters arising and areas of priority action for the Working Party  
Report of the Working Party on its 22nd session

Report of the annual planning meeting of UNECE WP.6 activities

Matters arising from meetings of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Committee on Trade : “Outcome of the review of the 2005 reform of ECE”
Item 5: International Conference on "Standards and Regulations
Concept note for the Workshop on Standards and Regulations
Draft Revised Recommendation D on Reference to Standards
Revised version of Recommendation D adopted at the session PDFPDFPDF
Item 6: Risk Manangement in Regulatory Systems
“Risk Management in Regulatory Frameworks” publication
Progress report on the activities of the Group of Experts on Managing Risks in Regulatory Systems
Item 7: International regulatory cooperation
(a) Regional Projects
(b) Sectoral projects
Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Telecom
Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Earth-Moving Machinery
Progress report on the sectoral initiative on Explosive Environments Equipment
Item 8: Standardization and regulatory practice
(a) Review of developments in standardization and relevant national and regional regulatory activities
(b) Proposed revision of Recommendation D

Revised version of Recommendation D adopted at the session

Item 9: Review of recent developments in conformity assessment and accreditation
Item 10: Market surveillance
(a) Updates from regional groupings and "MARS" Group
Report of the Advisory Group on Market Surveillance on its activities and its meeting in Prague

(b) Update on the Market Surveillance Model Initiative

Market surveillance general concept and how it relates to the activities of the Working Party

Draft guide to the use of the General Market Surveillance Model
(c) Common definitions and terminology in Market Surveillance
Glossary of Market Surveillance Terms (trilingual glossary)
(d) Update on the development of the Global Market Surveillance database
Item 11: Metrology
Item 12: Capacity-building
Item 13: Other business
Item 13: Adoption of the report
New: Report of the session
Timetable - 18 November 2013
Opening speech Opening by the WP. 6 Chair, Ms. Marion Stoldt
Discussion on the Working Party's rules of procedure Update on recent developments by the Secretariat
Matters arising and areas of priority action for the Working Party

Presentation by the Secretariat

Matters arising from meetings of the UNECE and the Committee on Trade

Aid for Trade and Standards

Presentation by the Secretariat

Mika Vepsalainen, Secretary, Committee on Trade, ECTLM

Regulatory Cooperation

Florina-Andreea Pantazi, Policy Officer on Market Surveillance for Products, European Commission

Céline Kauffmann, Senior Economist
Regulatory Policy Division, OECD

Christer Arvius, National Board of Trade
Sweden and Special Advisor to the WP. 6 Bureau

Per Döfnäs, Director, Technical Regulations, Ericsson

Dan Roley, Chair, ISO/TC127

Uwe Klausmeyer, PTB, Germany

Timetable - 19 November 2013
International Conference on “Standards and Regulatory Frameworks”
Opening Chair of the WP.6

Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, Managing Director Austrian Standards
ISO Vice-President Technical Management

Rob McFarlane, Assistant Director, Civil Contigiencies Secretariat, UK Cabinet Office

Global best practice in the use of standards in regulatory work for international trade, sustainable development, managing risks and addressing non-compliance
Moderator:Daniel Mansfield, Head of Policy Engagement, External Policy, British Standards Institute

Mary McKiel, Standards Executive, Environmental Protection Agency, United States of America

Norma McCormick, Chair, ISO/COPOLCO

Devin McDaniels, TBT Committee, World Trade Organization

Francois Guichard, UNECE WP.29

Silvia Vaccaro, Policy Officer, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

Opening remarks -  afternoon session Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO
Countries’ experiences related to reference to standards in regulations
Moderator: Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, Managing Director, Austrian Standards, ISO Vice-President Technical Management

Piet-Hein Daverveldt , CEO NEN, Dutch Standardization Institute, Netherlands

Alexander Zazhigalkin, Deputy Head, Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology (GOST R) and President of the Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification (EASC)

Arman Shakkaliyev, Director General, Kazakhstan Institue of Standardization and Certification, Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, Kazakhstan

Klara Popadicova, Head of EU General Relations Section, Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing

Sara Gobbi, Director of EU Affairs, ASTM International

Francisco J. Verdera, Director, International Relations & Co-operation, AENOR

Practical ways of enhancing cooperation between standards-making bodies and regulators
Moderator: Mr. Francisco J. Verdera , Director, International Relations & Co-operation, AENOR
Andrey Lotsmanov, Coordinator, Russian Union of Industrialists (RSPP)

Daniel Mansfield, Head of Policy Engagement, External Policy, British Standards Institute

James Crask and Emmeline Skelton, Senior Manager Business Resilience, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Discussion on Recommendation D Alex Inklaar, Quality Infrastructure Consultant

At the end of the Conference, at 18:00 all participants are kindly invited to a cocktail reception

jointly hosted by the UNECE Secretariat and the Russian Union of Industrialists

Timetable - 20 November 2013
Education on standards-related issues: Update on recent developments

Serguei Kouzmine, UNECE

Lubov Suzdaltseva, Deputy Minister of Education, Government of the Moscow Region

Tieneke M. Egyedi, Senior Researcher, Delft University of Technology

Overview of recent developments in standardization and regulatory practice

Vasily Boitsov, Director, Department for Technical Regulation and Accreditation, Eurasian Economic Commission

Trevor Vyze, Director, Standards Development Department, ISO

Francoise Rauser, Affiliate Country Programme Executive Secretary, International Liaison Officer, IEC

Francisco J. Verdera, CEN/CENELEC

Sara Gobbi, Director of EU Affairs, ASTM International

Recent developments in accreditation The experience of Russia and the Customs Union

Vasily Boitsov, Director, Department for Technical Regulation and Accreditation, Eurasian Economic Commission

Recast of recommendation F and G
Recent developments in conformity assessment David Hanlon, Conformity Assesment Board Secretary, IEC Head of Standards Coordination

Anna Koroleva, Project Manager, Conformity Assessment, ISO central Secretariat
Recent development in Metrology Willem Kool, BIML Assistant Director, International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML)
Risk management in Regulatory Systems

Donald Macrae, Coordinator, UNECE Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems

Maria Luiza Costa Martins, INMETRO, Brazil

Market Surveillance Kvetoslava Steinlova, Chair, MARS Group

Florina-Andreea Pantazi, Policy Officer on Market Surveillance for Products, European Commission

Mirosav Chloupek, Director, International Relations Department, Czech Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing
Market Surveillance Model Initiative: Udate Ivan Hendrikx, Coordinator of the General Market Surveillance Initiative

Trevor Vyze is the Director of Standards at ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva.
His team helps with the technical and administrative work involved in developing International Standards. They are also responsible for the production and publication of the completed standards.
He studied polymer engineering and has worked at the national, European and International levels of standardization.

Dr. Rob MacFarlane is Assistant Director (Training and Doctrine) in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, National Security Secretariat, Cabinet Office. Within Cabinet Office Rob has a range of responsibilities, including doctrinal coherence in UK civil protection and assurance of the content of all courses run by the Serco-managed Emergency Planning College. Additionally he leads the programme of Central Government Emergency Response Training in the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR), and has trained situation cell and crisis teams across government, from Home Office to Department of Health and 10 Downing Street to the Joint Intelligence Organisation. Beyond this Rob supports the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme on doctrine, shared situational awareness and training and exercising, has oversight of research engagement in the field of civil protection and chairs the British Standards work groups on crisis management and resilience.

Rob has attended the Strategic Leadership Programme for Security, Resilience, Defence and Intelligence at the UK Defence Academy and has taught on the US Leadership in Homeland Security Program at Harvard University. He has a PhD from the University of Aberdeen and is currently studying part time, sponsored by the Cabinet Office, for a Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Durham, focusing on decision support for strategic crisis management in COBR.
Christer Arvíus has been Director and Head of the Department for Internal Market and Technical rules at the Swedish National Board of Trade. He has a long experience in international trade, trade policy and management. His work experiences covers matters related to the EU Internal Market, EU external trade relations and global trade and trade policy. He has worked as Head of the Trade Policy Affairs Division in the EFTA Secretariat, Brussels.
His experience in international trade negotiations and management covers organisations such as WTO/TBT Committee; WP on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies within the UNECE (Chairman for 17 years, now Senior advisor to the Bureau of the WP); UNECE “START” Team (Chairman); ASEM (Asia European Meetings) on Standards and Conformity Assessment; Negotiations between EFTA and EU on EEA (European Economic Area; EU Council Group for the negotiations with third countries on mutual recognition agreements (133-MRA);); EU Council Group on Standardization; EU Group of Senior Officials for Standardization and Conformity Assessment Policy (SOGS); Nordic Group on Technical Barriers to Trade (Chairman); Eastern Partnership – Trade and Trade Related Regulatory Cooperation.
His work experience on the national level also cover membership in SIS-TK on Conformity Assessment; Swedish Standards Institute, SIS - General Assembly; Swedish Elektrotechnical standardization, SEK - General Assembly; and he is the Chairman of the Commission on Swedish Standards, NSS.
He is now conducting technical cooperation and consulting activities with third countries, e.g. in Central and Eastern European Countries and developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central America.
Dr. Mary C. McKiel is the standards executive with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C. and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ASTM International. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and chairs their ANSI ISO Council. Dr. McKiel has been involved in developing voluntary standards and driving governmental policies on the use of, and strategic participation in the development of, voluntary standards for over 35 years. She has written extensively on standards and public policy and has been awarded top recognition from national and international organizations for her work. She holds Bachelor degrees in chemistry and English and a Doctoral degree in chemistry.
Norma McCormick is a member of both the Board of the Canadian Standards Association and Standards Policy Board. She participates on CSA’s Strategic Steering Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and serves three Canadian Technical Committees. For her volunteer contribution to standards development, Norma received CSA’s Award of Merit in June 2006. At the international level she is completing a second term as Chair of ISO COPOLCO (ISO’s Consumer Policy Committee) and represents COPOLCO on ISO’s Strategic Advisory Group – Security (ISO SAG-S). She is active in two ISO Technical Committees, as Convenor or Working Group 2 – Terminology for ISO TC 223 – Societal Security and as head of the Canadian delegation on the new work on PC 283 developing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard.
Piet-Hein Daverveldt is managing director of NEN. NEN is the Dutch knowledge network for standards development and standards application. It employs some 300 staff and is based in Delft.
After graduating with a PhD degree in physics at Leiden University in the Netherlands he joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1985. He held a number of operational, commercial and general management roles during a career of 25 years. From 2004 to 2010 he led the global standardization of supply chain management in Shell Downstream.
Piet-Hein is a Dutch citizen. He is married and has two sons and one daughter.
Per Döfnäs has worked for Ericsson since 1979, working with product specifications and verification for compliance with applicable technical regulations worldwide. He has also worked with international standardization in the area of electromagnetic compatibility and speech transmission quality, mostly in ETSI and ITU-T.
For more than 15 years Per Döfnäs has been engaged in initiatives related to the shaping of product regulation as well as reduction of technical barriers to trade for products within the electrical/electronics sector. Since 8 years he is responsible for general matters related to Technical Regulations within the Ericsson Group.
Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha had been appointed ISO Vice-President (technical management) for the 2012-2013 term which has been extended until the end of 2014 at the General Assembly 2013. Dr. Stampfl-Blaha, who joined the Austrian Standards Institute (ASI) in 1988, has been ASI Vice-Director since 2005. Since 2007, she has also been Vice-Director of Austrian Standards plus GmbH (a sister company of ASI). As of 1 February 2013, she became the Chief Executive Officer of ASI and of Austrian Standards plus GmbH.
As Manager International Relations, Legal and Organizational Affairs at ASI, she held responsibilities for several organizational and business development projects. In this function, she has also represented ASI on the ISO Technical Management Board and on Council. At the European level, Dr. Stampfl-Blaha is a permanent member of the Administrative Board of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and has been a member in the CEN Technical Board and in various Strategy Groups. She has been involved as senior expert in institution-building and strategic consultancy projects in several countries. She is a member of Supervisory Boards and gives lectures at Universities. Dr. Stampfl-Blaha holds a doctorate's degree in Economics and Business Administration, and a further doctorate in Law.
Ivan Hendrikx, can look back at 32 years of experience in market surveillance, conformity assessment, testing, accreditation and standardisation, demonstrating extensive practice in policy development, planning and monitoring of market surveillance activities as well as coordinating market surveillance institutions. This includes transposition and implementation of the New Legislative Framework (764/2008, 765/2008, 768/2008) as well as New Approach directives, European market surveillance policy formulation related to planning of annual sampling, testing and monitoring of surveillance actions. Since 1992, He had been working as Senior Management Adviser to market surveillance authorities and spent more than 13 years advising MS authorities in EU Member States. During his employment at CENELEC, Mr. Hendrikx held the position of Senior Policy Adviser, supporting the DG Enterprise contributing to the revision of the New Approach and drafting of the New Legislative Framework, in particular of the new horizontal legislation on market surveillance and accreditation EC regulation 765/2008/EC. In 2007 he was asked by UNECE WP6 Mars group to take convenership of the "General Market Surveillance Model" initiative. He has been contributing each year since then to the MARS group and to the UNECE WP6 general sessions in Geneva.
He is an experienced project manager, facilitator and communicator as proven by successfully implementing complex multi-beneficiary technical assistance projects in the field of MS and QI. He is fully conversant with the EU project cycle management (PCM), planning inputs, coordination of tasks and responsibilities, monitoring the implementation, quality control on technical outputs, promoting the project objectives and communication with stakeholders and the Contracting Authority in coordination with the beneficiary, timely reporting, supervision of administrative, financial and logistic support of the project."
Valery Kareshkou, was born on January 3, 1953 in Ivye, the Grodno region, Belarus. In 1975 graduated Minsk Higher Engineering Anti-Aircraft Rocket School of Air Defence. Speciality – Military engineer of radio equipment. Candidate of technical science. Senior lecturer. In 1991 was trained on the training program for the experts of quality systems (England). Since February, 2012 – Member of the Board (Minister) for technical regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission.
1992-2006 – Chairman of the Standardization, Metrology and Certification Committee under the Council of Ministers of Belarus, Minsk.
Since 1997 – Vice-chairman of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies of European Economic Commission.
2006-2011 – Chairman of the National Standardization Committee of Belarus, Minsk.
During 10 years was the Chairman of CIS Interstate Council for standardization, Metrology and Certification. Since February 2012 – Member of the Board (Minister for technical regulation) of the Eurasian Economic Commission.
Dan Roley - Chair ISO/TC 127 Earth-Moving Machines
Dan Roley is currently enjoying his 16th year in the Caterpillar corporate Standards and Regulations Department. He started at Caterpillar in 1975 after receiving a Ph.D. in engineering with a major in ergonomics from the University of California. His first research projects at Caterpillar were in the ergonomics and whole body vibrations areas, where he developed ergonomic guidelines for earth-moving machines and provided technical input for the ISO/TC 127 standards for ergonomics and seat vibrations.
From 1981 to 1982, Dan worked at the INRS Vibration Laboratory in France as a participant in the USA-France Exchange of Scientists Program. After that he worked as the Project Leader for the test and development of new machines used for earth moving, agriculture and forestry. From 1992 to 1996 Dan worked out of the Caterpillar European office in Geneva, Switzerland as the International Research Manager. He also worked for two years at the Caterpillar Technical Center as the Ergonomics Program Manager.
Since 2002 Dan has been the chair of ISO/TC 127 for Earth-Moving Machines.
Kvetoslava S7einlová is a civil servant of the Slovak Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing and Director of Department of European Affairs and Technical Standardization. Previously, she worked as a head of Standards and Marketing department for petrochemical products in the SLOVNAFT Company, Inc. She was also Project Leader of the EU Twinning Project on GLP in Turkey. Actually, among her duties is to draft the conception of the State policy in the field of standardization and take care for transfer the inter-ministerial interests in this field to Standardization Council and to control the expenditure devoted to it inclusive the participation on projects in the areas connected with it, mainly certification. She frames a background for the cooperation activities among ministries in the field of adoption of technical regulations in the areas that deserve particular protection, to set-up consultancy point of their compliance with single market´s directives. She is coordinator of the activities of MARS-Group (group of experts on market surveillance) which is working under umbrella of WP.6 UNECE since 2002. The work of this group is focused especially on the activities of market surveillance observed and examined from different view-points.
Dr. Stoldt serves as the Chairperson of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP. 6) since 2012, and heads the Department of Technical Cooperation of the Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany's national institute for science and technology - Germany's highest technical authority. Dr Stoldt - previously a scientific staff member of the University of Stuttgart - has served in positions of increasing responsibility in the field of technical cooperation first with the Germany's Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and then since 2001 with the PTB.
Francisco Javier Verdera Marí is an electromechanical engineer from the Jesuits Engineering University 'Pontificia Comillas de Madrid' (ICAI), with a specialisation in Industrial Management and Organisation and Executive Master in Business Administration from the 'Instituto de Empresa' of Madrid.
He has worked for the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR), the Spanish member of IEC, ISO, CENELEC and CEN for more than sixteen years, where he has developed different technical and managerial activities, dealing with national, regional or international standardisation. He then successfully held the positions of respectively Deputy Manager, Director of Standardisation and then Director of International Relations and Co-operation of AENOR, being responsible for the international policy of the association in standardisation, as well as maintaining institutional relations with the corresponding national, regional and international standards organisations. Mr Verdera Marí is also Secretary of the Spanish electrotechnical committee of IEC and CENELEC for more than fifteen years. He is an alternate member of the CEN Board. Mr Verdera Marí was elected CENELEC Board Member in June 2011 and started in January 2012.
Mr. Frans Vreeswijk assumed his full role as General Secretary and CEO on 1 October 2012 at the Oslo General Meeting. Prior to joining IEC Central Office, he worked for 30 years for Philips in the Netherlands, Austria and the USA, notably in research, healthcare and consumer electronics areas. He was President of the IEC Dutch National Committee (NEC) and has served on the IEC Council Board and Standardization Management Board as well as representing the Netherlands in the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).
James Crask is an expert in resilience and business continuity management having previously worked for the  UK Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the Cabinet Office.  He understands the challenges that public sector organisations face when implementing internal resilience controls and has successfully assisted many clients in overcoming these.
James works with a range of our public and private sector clients advising them on approaches to enhance their resilience. This has involved implementing Business Continuity and risk management frameworks, the provision of assurance on the adequacy of response and recovery planning and the delivery of full-scale Enteprise-wide resilience programmes.
He is an expert in UK resilience policy gained as a member of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat at the Cabinet Office.  After leading the development of corporate resilience policy, James delivered the London Olympic Resilience Project, building capabilities within the emergency services to mitigate risks associated with hosting the Olympic Games. 
James has a unique insight into the mechanics of the UK’s civil emergency structure, gained through his experience of responding to national crises within the ‘COBR’ framework.  Prior to PwC and the Cabinet Office, James worked for the London Fire Brigade and a Local Authority on emergency planning and crisis management.
James is an expert in business continuity and a member of the committee responsible for developing the British Standard, BS 25999 and the UK input into the international standard, ISO 22301. 
Emmeline Skelton works for  PricewaterhouseCoopers in  London where she specialises in Enterprise Resilience.  She has worked  with a range of multinational clients across sector delivering Risk Management and Resilience services.  
Recent work has focused on the practical integration of strategic resilience programmes with operational practices, ensuring that clients gain the benefit of robust and effective Business Continuity and Crisis Management throughout the organisation.
Emmeline has  most recently designed and developed a benchmarking tool for  organisations to assess their resilience readiness in topics such as Regulation, Sustainability,  Cyber Security and Organisational Behaviour against best practice.
Twitter @emmelineskelton
Silvia Vaccaro works since October 2010 as Policy Officer in the Unit of the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry dealing with standardisation (Unit Standards for Boosting Competitiveness).
Her tasks include international relations (especially with the United States, India and Japan) and the standardisation package.
She has worked several years in CEN-CENELEC as International Cooperation Unit Manager, responsible for all international affairs (EU-funded projects and bilateral relations with national and regional standards bodies).
She has a university degree in Industrial Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and a Master degree in International Politics and Trade from the University of Sydney, Australia.


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