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Nineteen UNECE recommendations have been adopted by the Working Party1/ since 1970 to address standardization and regulatory issues. They set out good practice regarding:
  • Regulatory cooperation
  • Metrology
  • Standards and Norms
  • Conformity assessment
  • Market surveillance
These recommendations are not binding and do not aim at rigidly aligning technical regulations across countries. Through these recommendations, the Working Party encourages rule makers to base their regulations on international standards to provide a common denominator to the norms that apply in different markets. It also seeks to promote agreements that enhance cooperation and mutual confidence in the technical competence, reliability and impartiality of other national bodies and institutions.

1/ The Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies had several predecessor bodies: Group of Government Officials Responsible for Standardization Policies; Working Party on Technical Harmonization and Standardization Policies

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All Recommendations REVISED EDITION as of 2018  ENG   FRE   RUS
Starting with the most recent:

V. Addressing Product Non-Compliance Risks in International Trade  ENG  FRE  RUS   Updated in 2021 December
U. Gender-Responsive Standards   ENG   FRE   RUS
T. Standards and Regulations for Sustainable Development   ENG   FRE   RUS
S. Applying Predictive Risk Management Tools for Targeted Market Surveillance   ENG   FRE    RUS
R. Managing Risk in Regulatory Frameworks   ENG   FRE    RUS
P. Risk Management in Regulatory Systems   ENG    FRE    RUS    Updated in 2020 November
N. Good Market Surveillance Policies and Practices    ENG   FRE   RUS
M. Use of Market Surveillance Infrastructure as a Complementary Means to Protect Consumers and Users against Counterfeit Goods    ENG   FRE   RUS
L.  International Model for Transnational Regulatory Cooperation Based on Good Regulatory Practice    ENG   FRE   RUS
K. Metrological Assurance of Conformity Assessment and Testing    ENG   FRE   RUS
J.  Definitions    ENG   FRE   RUS
I.  Education on Standards-Related Issues    ENG   FRE   RUS
H. Presentation of UNECE Recommended Standards and Harmonized Technical Regulations    ENG   FRE   RUS
G. Acceptance of Conformity Assessment Results    ENG   FRE  RUS
F. Creation and Promotion of International Agreements on Conformity Assessment    ENG  FRE RUS
E. Treatment of Imported Products, Processes and Services    ENG   FRE   RUS
D. Reference to Standards    ENG   FRE   RUS
C. International Harmonization of Standards and Technical Regulations    ENG   FRE   RUS
B. Coordination of Technical Regulations and Standardization    ENG   FRE   RUS
A. Further Developments in International Cooperation on Technical Harmonization and Standardization Policies    ENG   FRE   RUS
Last update date: January 10, 2024