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The UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) is a forum for dialogue among regulators and policy makers. Participants discuss, make recommendations and develop best practice on a wide range of issues, including:

The Working Party meets annually and throughout the year activities take place through its subsidiary bodies:

Additionally the Working Party advocates for the use of international standards:

  • as the basis for sound regulatory systems, driven by risk management processes to ensure that products’ are safe, organizations’ processes are stable and consumers are protected from hazards
  • for the achievement the Sustainable Development Goals DGs
  • in the context of Aid for Trade
  • to manage the risk of natural and man-made disasters
  • by developing and maintaining the UNECE Portal on Standards for the SDGs allowing users to quickly identify standards that support the goals and targets of Agenda 2030
Explanatory poster / Roll-up: A common platform to discuss how standards and regulations can contribute to the SDGs


Get involved in the work of the Working Party 6

The main stakeholders in our meetings and in the development of the recommendations are:

  • governmental authorities
  • intergovernmental organizations
  • business associations and private firms
  • standards-setting organizations
  • certification bodies
  • test houses
  • international schemes for conformity assessment
  • civil society
  • consumer organizations

You are welcome to join as a representative of your county or your organization, please contact the Secretary of the Working Party for further details.

Working Party 6: Past Achievements

Some of the Working Party’s past activities completed for download:

  • Recommendations (ENG, FRE, RUS)
  • Terms of Reference of the Working Party (ENG, FRE, RUS)
  • Regulatory cooperation at UNECE (Brochure in ENG, FRE, RUS)

For general enquiries about activities and forthcoming events, contact: Secretary of the Working Party.