The UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6)

The UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) was established within the United Nations Committee on Trade as a forum for dialogue among all of the interested subjects (for example regulators, policy makers, etc.) concerning a wide range of issues, including technical regulations, standardization, conformity assessment, metrology and market surveillance.

The Working Party makes recommendations that promote regulatory policies to protect the health and safety of consumer and workers, and preserve our natural environment, without creating unnecessary barriers to trade and investment. Recommendations are available on the WP.6 websites.

ÚNMZ participates also in work of WP.6`s subgroups, namely in teams operating in Advisory Group on Market Surveillance (MARS), Standardization And Regulatory Techniques Group (START) and in Initiative on Education on Standardization.


Information about WP.6 and its expert groups sessions

The 30th Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) was held in Geneva on 2-3 November 2020. The session was focused on: Quality Infrastructure – a crucial tool for sustainable development in times of pandemic, the continuation of the Gender Responsive Standards initiative and current developments in the areas of WP.6 interest. The meeting of the StaRT-ED Team on education in the field of standardization and the conference on Gender Responsive Standards was held on 2 November 2020. More details at the link: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=53785.

The 29th Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP. 6) was held in Geneva on 20-22 November 2019. It took place according to the established agenda with the participation of a very wide range of entities through international organizations (eg. UNECE, ISO, CEN / CENELEC, IEC, ILAC, OIML, EC), national standards bodies (CZ, South Africa, India, Belarus ), universities (Jiliang University, China, Berlin University of Technology, Germany, Matej Bel University, Slovakia, Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands), to representatives of ministries, the commercial sphere and conformity assessment bodies from different countries. The highlights of the session were:

  • a discussion on the direction of future UNECE work on “Standards for Sustainable Development”;
  • presentation and suggestion for adoption of a draft Recommendation on “Addressing product non-compliance risk in international trade” and of a “Proposed common regulatory framework on Cybersecurity” and
  • two high level panels on “Education on standards-related issues” and on “Challenges for market surveillance authorities”.

Detailed information on the session, including reports and individual presentations, are available on the UNECE website.

A joint meeting of the UNECE Expert Groups on Market Surveillance (MARS) and Risk Management in Regulatory frameworks (GRM) was held in the form of a video conference on 11 and 12 June 2020 with the participation of 65 experts from 19 UNECE countries, including the Czech Republic. The minutes of the meeting are available on the UNECE website, including contributions from individual participants presented at the meeting. The conclusions of the meeting reflect the current epidemiological situation with a focus on documenting the use of risk management tools in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and a possible revision of Recommendation P “Crisis Management within a Regulatory Framework”. GRM / MARS members were invited to present at the next annual meeting of the Working Group whether and how they contributed in their activities related to the development and use of standards to mitigate the impact and address the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. An informal online meeting of the MARS and GRM groups is scheduled in September/October in order to discuss the conclusions of their work in the past period and possibilities for further cooperation and to prepare a presentation for the annual session of the WP.6. More details are available on the UNECE website.

The 17th MARS Group meeting took place in Moscow, Russian Federation at the Eurasian Economic Commission on 8 and 9 July 2019. The main purpose of this meeting was to present experiences and related discussions in the following areas:

  • EU market surveillance – presentation of Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on market surveillance and compliance of products, applicable from 2021;
  • Market surveillance within the Eurasian Economic Community (EEC) – presentation of the final agreement of the EEC Member States on the harmonization of state controls and a pilot project of a proposed alert system for dangerous products, which should be launched from September 2019 (incl. public access);
  • Update in the field of state control of compliance with EU legislation based on best practices of the Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM) and Recommendation S prepared by UNECE WP.6;
  • Presentation of two regional projects PTB implemented within the Eastern Partnership for the countries of South-Eastern Europe;
  • Proposal for a revision of the terminology of market surveillance (Market Surveillance Glossary);
  • Experience in carrying out market surveillance at the national level (China, Turkey, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Serbia).

Detailed information, presentations and reports are available on the UNECE website.

More details on WP.6 activities can be found at https://www.unece.org/trade/wp6/welcome.html or at unece.wp6@unmz.cz.