What Are Mutual Recognition Agreements

For example, the European Commission`s recent free trade agreements with Canada and Korea provide for the conclusion of a compliance assessment MMA, without asking their partners to adapt their regulatory requirements to those of the EU. Mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) are agreements between two trading partners aimed at reducing technical barriers to trade. They are one of the themes covered in the trade negotiations between the UK and the EU. The Johnson government has moved away from these approaches. In its proposal for a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU, the UK proposes an agreement on mutual recognition of compliance assessment that is “consistent” with the provisions of the EU agreement with Canada. A separate agreement on the certification of marine equipment is also proposed as part of the agreement between the EU and the United States. NIST acts as the U.S. Designating Authority for MRAs. NIST is responsible for the designation of qualified U.S. CABs to our various MRA partners. NIST receives, reviews and processes CAB applications that are recognized by our MRA partners.

The regulatory authorities of MRA partners formally recognise CABs for their specific technical rules/standards and/or certification requirements. Recognized U.S. CABs will then be able to assist U.S. manufacturers in their testing and/or certification requirements for certain savings. This would make life much more difficult for British producers, who would be forced to have the products certified by the EU authorities before they could be exported to the continent. The European Commission`s approach to the United Kingdom differs from what it has negotiated with other countries. These agreements benefit regulators by reducing dual controls in any other area, allowing for a greater focus on sites likely to be at higher risk and increased coverage of global supply chain inspections. It is essential that “traditional” MRA does not require states to harmonize the rules (i.e. establishing technical standards and common rules) and do not require parties to one MRA to recognize each other`s requirements as equivalent – MRA is limited to the recognition of the partner`s CAB`s responsibility for assessing compliance.