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Thirty-first Session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6)

24 November (15:00) - 26 November (17:00) 2021
Room Tempus 1, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland Geneva 2 Switzerland

Session Documents

Document Title
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FRE
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Item 1: Adoption of the agenda      
Revised annotated provisional agenda
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/1/Rev.1
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Annotated provisional agenda
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/1
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Item 2: Election of officers      
Item 3: Matters arising      
Chair’s Note on the Informal Virtual Consultations of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2020/2
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Revised Recommendation P on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2020/11
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Item 4: Advisory Group on Market Surveillance      
Report on activities under the Advisory Group on Market Surveillance
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/3
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Item 5: Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems      
Report on activities under the Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/4
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Recommendation V on Addressing Product Non-Compliance Risks in International Trade
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/5
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Managing Risk for Post-Pandemic Trade: Guide for Border Regulatory Agencies
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/INF.1
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Item 6: Ad Hoc Team of Specialists on Standardization and Regulatory Techniques      
Report on recent developments in the sectoral initiatives
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/6
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Education on standards-related issues: update on activities
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/7
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Item 7: Gender-Responsive Standards Initiative      
Report on activities of the Gender-Responsive Standards Initiative 2020–2021
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/8
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Item 8: Programme of work      
(a) Report on capacity-building      
Progress report on the Standards for Sustainable Development Goals project, phase II
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/9
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(b) Programme of work for 2022      
Programme of work of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies for 2022
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/10
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(c) Activities of other United Nations Economic Commission for Europe bodies and other international organizations of interest to WP.6      
(d) Working Party terms of reference      
Item 9: Panel discussion: circular economy and regulatory cooperation and standardization      
Circular economy and regulatory cooperation and standardization
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/11
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Item 10: Other business      
Item 11: Adoption of the report      
Report on the thirty-first session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies
ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2021/2
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Presentations

All presentations (compressed ZIP1 and ZIP2 files)

Agenda Item 4: Report of the Advisory Group on Market Surveillance (MARS)

Ms. Vera Despotovic

Agenda Item 5: Report of the Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM)

Mr. Valentin Nikonov and Mr. Donald Macrae

Agenda Item 6: Ad Hoc Team of Specialists on Standardization and Regulatory Techniques (START)

Mr. Serguei Kouzmine

Agenda Item 7: Gender Responsive Standards Initiative (GRSI)

Ms. Stephanie Eynon 

Agenda Item 8: Reports from other organizations

Ms. Andrea Barrios Villarreal, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 

Mr. David Hanlon, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

Ms. Sue Probert, United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)

Ms. Sara Gobbi, ASTM International

Agenda Item 8a: Report on capacity-building

Mr. Oisin Curtis, UNECE Economic Cooperation and Trade Division

Agenda Item 9: Panel discussion: circular economy and regulatory cooperation and standardization

Ms. Teresa Moreira, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Ms. Pamela Tarif, European Environmental Citizens Organization for Standardization (ECOS)

Ms. Marika Keskinen, Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes)

Mr. Magnus Pedersen, Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (Swedac)

Mr. Donald Mcrae, GRM Co-coordinator

Ms. Stephanie Eynon, GRSI Chair

Mr. Anthony Donnellan, International Bureau of Legal Metrology (OIML)

Mr. Serguei Kouzmine, START Ad-hoc Team Acting Chair

 

Panel on Circular Economy

Flyer-WP6-CE

At the request of the ECE Commission’s sixty-ninth session, WP.6 discussed the topic of circular economy at its annual session on 25 November afternoon and 26 November morning. On the 25th, there were a series of presentations related to the topics of WP.6 and how these relate to circular economy: market surveillance, conformity assessment, risk management, gender-responsive standards, metrology and education on standards. On 26 November, we had a guided debate on the topics to explore how this can be integrated into the regular work of WP.6 in the future.

All presentations are available under the "Presentations" tab above in Agenda Item 9.

Elections

During the 31st session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6), member States were invited to elect a chair and a vice-chair for a two-year mandate each. (One vice-chair, Mr. Chloupek, was mid-mandate and will remain in office; the Chair, Ms. Dr. Marion Stoldt and one vice-chair, Mr. Tataritsky were stepping down. The UNECE would like to thank them for their active involvement and leadership within WP.6).

The session used the following election procedure:  ENG   FRA   RUS

Candidate for Chair: Sweden, Ms. Heidi Lund

Candidate for Vice-Chair: Canada, Ms. Gabrielle White

Candidate for Vice-Chair: UK, Ms. Rosie Seville

During the 31st session, Ms. Heidi Lund was elected as Chair and both Ms. Gabrielle White and Ms. Rosie Seville were elected as Vice-Chair. The working party thanked the exiting Chair and Vice-Chair for their long-standing support of WP.6.