Agreements On Mutual Recognition Of Conformity Assessment

“Traditional” MRA compliance assessment therefore remains the only viable option, which implies a higher cost for exporters, who may be required to manufacture products according to two standards (Uk and EU) and have their products tested in the UK before being exported to the EU. The Johnson government has moved away from these approaches. In its proposal for a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU, the UK proposes an agreement on mutual recognition of compliance assessment that is “consistent” with the provisions of the EU agreement with Canada. A separate agreement on the certification of marine equipment is also proposed as part of the agreement between the EU and the United States. A traditional MRA is a mutual recognition agreement for “compliance assessment.” The evaluation of GMP inspectors for veterinary medicines is ongoing. The MRA with Israel is an agreement on the evaluation of compliance and acceptance of industrial products (ACAA). It is a specific type of MRI based on the alignment of the legal system and infrastructure of the country concerned with that of the EU. There are other examples of mutual recognition of the rules, including the EU-US marine equipment regulation in 2004, the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement between Australia and New Zealand (TTMRA) in 1998 and the EU-Swiss MRA in 2002. However, European Commission trade negotiators recently rejected mutual recognition of the compliance assessment by UK testing laboratories.

Mutual recognition agreements/agreements (MRAs) for compliance assessment are agreements between governments to facilitate trade in telecommunications equipment. MRA establish procedures for contracting parties to recognize the appropriate compliance assessment bodies (CABs – such as test laboratories or certification bodies) and to accept the results of the compliance assessment of these CABs for regulatory purposes. MBIE conducted an evaluation of New Zealand`s mutual compliance assessment agreements and agreements. MRAs are intended to assist exporters and importers by reducing the time and cost of authorizing their products to be sold in a given market. The European Union (EU) has signed Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) with third-country authorities on the assessment of compliance of regulated products. These agreements contain a sectoral annex on mutual recognition of good manufacturing practice inspections (GMPs) and certification of batches of medicines for human and veterinary use. Members who use a third-party mandatory compliance assessment system as part of their legal framework are encouraged to use this system to mutually recognize compliance assessment. It reduces costs and potential delays in duplicated audits by importing members of the participant. However, recent free trade agreements indicate a change in approach and acceptance of “traditional” MMAs.

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