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Standards and Conformance

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Align APEC Economies’ Domestic Standards with International Standards; Implement Good Practices for the Development and Implementation of Technical Regulations

Objectives  

a)

To align national standards with international standards so as to minimize the need for reassessment against multiple sets of requirements and facilitate trade.

b)

To ensure the development and implementation of technical regulations in a way that minimises obstacles to trade and avoids unjustifiable costs for producers and consumers.

Actions

a)

Align with International Standards in agreed priority areas and provide updated information for inclusion in the VAP.

b)

Align regulations, rules and procedures, standards and codes affecting the acceptance of goods between economies and markets on the basis of international standards where appropriate, eg CODEX, OIE, IPPC,  ISO and IEC standards.

c)

Implement WTO TBT Committee Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations and use language consistent with the WTO TBT Committee decision in trade agreements and national laws and regulations when referring to international standards.

d)

Implement the Work Programme on Trade Facilitation in Information Technology Products.  

e)

Adopt Good Regulatory Practice through revising regulations to reflect the three documents endorsed by the SCSC: Principles and Features of Good Regulatory Practice; APEC Information Notes on Good Practice for Technical Regulations; and Guidelines for the Preparation, Adoption and Review of Technical Regulations.

f)

Align domestic regulations for medical devices with the principles of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF). Progressively adopt and implement GHTF guidance documents.  

g)

Align domestic hazard classification and labeling schemes for chemicals to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

h)

Sign on to the global MRA on measurement standards coordinated by the International Committee of Weights and Measures (CIPM).

i)

Participate in international and regional comparisons of measurement standards organized by the International Committee on Weights and Measures (CIPM) and the Asia Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP).

j)

Promote active participation by the national standards body in regional fora, such as the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC).

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