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19th WP.6-MARS Group meeting

19th WP.6-MARS Group meeting

13 July 2021 10:00 - 16:30
Virtual meeting on Webex Switzerland

The 19th meeting of the UNECE Advisory Group on Market Surveillance (MARS) was held online on 13 July. Experts discussed risk-informed policies and enforcement strategies. Highlight of the event was the panel discussion on the challenges of the COVID pandemic for market surveillance, enforcement authorities and exporting companies with speakers sharing perspectives from the UNECE region and beyond.

The Group progressed its work on deliverables for the annual session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies to take place from 24 to 26 November 2021.

Due to ongoing travel restrictions the meeting is  held in virtual mode via WebEx teleconference.




Recent developments under WP.6 and planning the Annual Session

WP.6 Intersessional Developments 2020-2021
Tauno Kangur, UNECE

Session 1: Market surveillance in the context of new challenges where the risk-based approach is essential:

Keynote speeches and discussion

Risk-based market surveillance
Vera Despotović, MARS Group Chairperson, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia

Market Access of Nigerian Products and the Impact of COVID-19
Estelle Igwe, Director, Office of the Executive Director/CEO Nigerian Export Promotion Council Headquarters, Nigeria and Vice Chair, UN/CEFACT International Trade Procedures PDA

Session 2: Presentations and discussion on the impact of COVID on regulatory activities and market surveillance

Export authorisations
Emma Wallfelt and Anders Karlsson, National Board of Trade, Sweden

The impact of COVID on the market surveillance activities in Turkey
Münevyer Koçak, Ministry of Trade, Turkey

Session 3: Recent developments in market surveillance

PTB Projects: South East Europe and Eastern Partnership
Marion Stoldt, WP.6 Chair, Germany

New Regulation 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products
Lukrecija Kireta and Lennart Grundberg, DG GROW, Unit D3 – Market Surveillance, European Commission

Session 4: Deliverables by the MARS Group to the Annual Session

Market Surveillance glossary update
Ivan Hendrikx, Convener of General Market Surveillance Model Initiative

Recommendation V 2.0 – an updated draft
Valentin Nikonov, Co-coordinator of the UNECE Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM)