Risk management aims to safeguard against hazards that stem from the quality of products and services – or lack thereof – that have the potential to cause harm or damage the health and safety of consumers and the environment. Standards and technical regulations are – among other things – risk mitigation tools and they should be proportionate to risks they were set out to address. Development and enforcement of regulations require application of the state-of-the-art risk management tools. Applying best practice on risk management in regulatory frameworks and international trade results in regulations that make products safe, make organizations’ processes stable and ensure consumers are better protected from hazards without stifling growth and creating barriers to trade. The Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM) is the focal point within WP.6 for this work.
GRM is currently developing guidance on the implementation of integrated risk management through a single window system. If you are interested in this work, please contact the secretariat.
GRM has launched a brief questionnaire on applying crisis management principles during the COVID-19 crisis to administrations.
GRM has also launched a brief questionnaire to experts in their group and their areas of expertise.
- Key deliverables
Symbol & Title Issued date ENG FRA RUS
Recommendation P on Crisis Management within a Regulatory Systems
Recommendation P on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems v2
Recommendation R on Managing Risk in Regulatory Frameworks
Recommendation S on Applying Predictive Risk Management Tools for Targeted Market Surveillance
Recommendation T on Standards and Regulations for Sustainable Development
Recommendation V on Addressing Product Non-Compliance Risk in International Trade
Risk Management in Regulatory Frameworks
Standards and normative mechanisms for disaster risk reduction
Managing Risk for Safe, Efficient Trade: Guide for Border Regulators
Joint publication with ITC
The Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM) was established in 2010. The Group of Experts aims at an improved management of hazards that have the potential to affect the quality of products and services, and/or cause harm or damage to people, the environment, property and immaterial assets. To this end, it systematizes and applies best practice on risk management in regulatory activities and international trade.
Methodologies and best practice developed by the GRM on building risk-based regulatory and enforcement frameworks:
- serve as a basis for variety of capacity building and technical assistance projects, undertaken in developed and developing countries, including Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and Tajikistan,
- lie at the core of several international guidance documents on regulatory best practice and international trade,
- contribute to development of international standards and risk management work of a wide range of international organizations.
Official annual reports of the Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM)
Other events related to risk management organized by WP.6
- Risk Management in Regulatory Frameworks: Toward the Better management of Risks, 9 June 2022, Virtual meeting
- Joint MARS and GRM Groups meeting, 11 - 12 June 2020, Virtual meeting
- ICES/UNECE Working meeting on management tools and standards in support of Sustainable Development Goal 14 ''Life below water'' (9 - 11 October 2018), Reykjavik, Iceland
- Capacity Building Workshops (risk management) to strengthen the national capacity of trade-support institutions of Kyrgyzstan (21 May - 1 June 2018), Kyrgyzstan
- GRM Group meeting (20 - 22 February 2017), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), Germany – Centre for Materials and Coastal Research
- Workshop on Traceability: a tool for managing risks (31 October - 1 November 2011)
- Conference on Risk Assessment and Management (24 - 25 November 2009)
- Policies and procedures
Symbol & Title
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2023/14 Annex V
Terms of reference of the Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM)