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TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE: PROGRAMME AND PRESENTATIONS

TBT workshop on the different approaches to conformity assessment

(Geneva, 16-17 March 2006)

At the Third Triennial Review of the TBT Agreement, concluded in November 2003, the TBT Committee agreed to a Work Programme on conformity assessment to improve Members' implementation of Articles 5-9 of the TBT Agreement and to promote a better understanding of conformity assessment systems (1). In particular, Members agreed to organize a workshop on the different approaches to conformity assessment, including on the acceptance of conformity assessment results. At its March 2005 meeting, Members decided to hold this workshop in March 2006 (2).

The workshop was held on 16–17 March 2006, back-to-back with the regular meeting of the TBT Committee on 15 March and in the afternoon of 17 March 2006.

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Programme  back to top

Thursday 16 March 2006  back to top

8:30–10:00

Registration
  

10:00-10:20

Introduction

  • Opening remarks
    Mr. Margers Krams, Chairman of the TBT Committee
      
  • Overview of the TBT Committee's work on conformity assessment procedures and of the relevant provisions of the TBT Agreement
    Mrs. Ludivine Tamiotti, Trade and Environment Division, WTO Secretariat
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10:20–13:00

Session I
Conformity Assessment Procedures At The National Level

Moderator: Mr. Margers Krams (Chairman of the TBT Committee)

This session will give participants an opportunity to share experiences of conformity assessment approaches and procedures at the national level and to address considerations that are to be taken into account for the use of conformity assessment procedures.
  

10:20–11:30

National Considerations For The Preparation And Application Of Conformity Assessment Procedures

Presenters will identify the various considerations that are relevant when deciding on the need for a conformity assessment procedure and on the type of procedure, including costs and benefits of alternatives, level of risk, incentives for users to comply, technical and physical infrastructure and existing monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.

  • Conformity assessment and regulations
    Mr. Peter Dennehy, Secretary of ISO/CASCO
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  • Existing good regulatory practice in the area of conformity assessment in Colombia
    Mr. Ramón Madriñán, Chief Regulatory Officer, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Colombia
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  • Trade impact on manufacturers
    Mr. Robert W. Noth, Manager, Engineering Standards, Deere and Company, United States
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  • Conformity assessment procedures implemented by local and non-governmental bodies (Pursuant to Articles 7 and 8 of the TBT Agreement)
    Mr. Rafael Nava, President, Commission of Standardization and Conformity Assessment, Mexico
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  • Handling complaints (Pursuant to Article 5.2.8 of the TBT Agreement)
    Ms. Anna Camboim, Manager, International Affairs, INMETRO, Brazil
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  • Panel Discussion
      

11:30–12:30

Sector — Specific Approaches to Conformity Assessment

Speakers will identify the benefits and possible problems (including respective costs) of the different conformity assessment approaches and will focus their presentations on specific products or sectors.

  • Vehicle emission and noise standards
    Ms. Hui Chen Chien, Senior Specialist, Department of Air Quality Protection and Noise Control, EPA, Chinese Taipei
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  • The electricity sector
    Ms. María Juana Rivera, Technical Barriers to Trade, Ministry of Economy and Production, Argentina
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  • Implementation of voluntary conformity assessment market programs
    Mr. Wayne Morris, Vice President, Division Services, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, United States
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  • Canada’s experience in forest certification
    Mr. Guillaume Gignac, QMI, Senior Manager, Product Management, Canada
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  • Panel Discussion
      

12:30–13:00

General Discussion on Conformity Assessment Procedures at the National Level
  

15:00–18:00

Session II
Facilitating the Acceptance of Conformity Assessment Results

Moderator: Mr. Juan Antonio Dorantes (Mexico)

This session focuses on the implementation of the obligations contained in Article 6 of the TBT Agreement on the “Recognition of Conformity Assessment by Central Government Bodies” and discusses the effectiveness of the different mechanisms to facilitate the acceptance of conformity assessment results.
  

15:00–16:15

Approaches to Facilitate the Acceptance of Conformity Assessment Results

Speakers will address the advantages of, and possible difficulties with, various approaches to facilitate the acceptance of conformity assessment results and in particular the use of accreditation.
  

  • Trends in the mechanisms to facilitate the acceptance of conformity assessment results
    Ms. Barbara Fliess, Principal Administrator, Trade Directorate, OECD
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  • Accreditation as an approach to facilitate the acceptance of conformity assessment results and the benchmarking procedure
    Mr. Tony Craven, Chief Executive, Joint Accreditation System of Australia — New Zealand
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  • The experience of Mauritius in the use of accreditation as an approach to facilitate the acceptance of conformity assessment results
    Mr. Robin Neeren Gopee, Acting Director, Mauritius Accreditation Service
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  • Approaches to facilitate the recognition of results: The experience of the European Co operation for Accreditation
    Mr. Lorenzo Thione, Chairman, European Co operation for Accreditation
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  • Panel Discussion
      

16:15–17:30

Mutual Acceptance of Conformity Assessment Results

Speakers will address the merits and possible difficulties in negotiating government-to-government mutual recognition agreements. They will also discuss ways to promote acceptance by regulatory authorities of results by conformity assessment bodies participating in voluntary arrangements.

Mutual recognition agreements:

  • Experiences in formal mutual recognition agreements: sectors covered, possible difficulties faced in the negotiations and key elements for a successful conclusion
    Mr. Shinji Fujino, Director, International Affairs Office of Technical Regulations, Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy Unit, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
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  • Mutual recognition agreements and regulatory cooperation: Some EU experiences
    Mr. Paul De Lusignan, DG Trade and Mr. Brian Jenkinson, DG Enterprise, European Communities
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Mutual recognition arrangements:

  • Sector-specific examples of arrangements between conformity assessment bodies (“peer assessments”)
    Mr. Toshiyuki Kajiya, Senior manager, Engineering Administration Group, Corporate R&D Strategy Office, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd, Japan
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  • IEC experience in arrangements between conformity assessment bodies used by regulators
    Mr. Gabriel Barta, Secretary of the IEC Conformity Assessment Board and Head of Technical Coordination
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  • Panel Discussion
      

17:30–18:00

General Discussion on Facilitating the Acceptance of Conformity Assessment Results
  

Friday 17 March 2006  back to top

10:00–12:00

Session III
Building a Conformity Assessment Infrastructure in Developing Country Members

Moderator: Ms. Brenda Dunbar (Canada)

This session examines ways to put in place an effective conformity assessment infrastructure in developing country Members, taking into consideration the resources available to them and their technical and infrastructural concerns.
  

10:00–11:15

The Conformity Assessment Infrastructure of Developing country Members

Presenters will examine the existing infrastructure and particular concerns and needs that developing country Members may have in evaluating conformity.
  

  • Nigeria's example of a conformity assessment system in a developing country Member: Concerns and challenges
    Mr. John Ndanusa Akanya, Director-General, Standards Organization of Nigeria
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  • Overview of the conformity assessment procedures in India: Role of the BIS
    Mr. Rakesh Verma, Additional Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards, India
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  • Specific needs and technical considerations identified in relation to the conformity assessment infrastructure of developing country Members through the analysis of the responses to the WTO Questionnaire
    Mr. Gerardo Patacconi, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO
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  • Accreditation: Role of ILAC and IAF
    Mr. Daniel Pierre, ILAC/IAF, ILAC Chair
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  • Panel Discussion
      
11:15–12:30

Establishment of a Conformity Assessment Infrastructure

Presenters are invited to share ideas on ways to put in place an effective conformity assessment infrastructure in developing country Members.

  • The experience of Brazil in establishing a conformity assessment system and existing educational programmes on conformity assessment
    Mr. Alfredo Lobo, Director, Department of Quality, INMETRO, Brazil
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  • The example of technical assistance provided to Costa Rica on conformity assessment
    Ms. Maritza Madriz, Manager, Ente Costarricense de Acreditación, Costa Rica
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  • Establishment of CA schemes in developing countries: Some case studies
    Mr. Gerardo Patacconi, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO
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  • Building a quality system at the regional level in the UEMOA zone
    Mr. Abdou Seyni, Director of Industry, Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine
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  • Building a conformity assessment infrastructure at the regional level in the Caribbean region: the experience of Trinidad and Tobago
    Mr. Terrence Awai, Head, Certification Division, Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards
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  • Panel Discussion
      

12:30–13:00

 

General Discussion and Concluding Remarks
  


Notes:
1.— “Third Triennial Review of the Operation and Implementation of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade”, 11 November 2003, G/TBT/13, para. 40. back to text
2.— “Minutes of the Meeting of 22-23 March 2005”, 24 May 2005, G/TBT/M/35, para. 57. back to text