What Is Mutual Recognition Agreement

Mutual recognition agreements set out the conditions under which a party (non-member state) accepts compliance assessment results (for example. B tests or certifications) conducted by the compliance assessment agencies (CABs) designated by the other party to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the first part (non-member) and vice versa. The EU-Australia agreement covers the following sectors The European Union (EU) has signed Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) with third-country authorities on the assessment of compliance of regulated products. These agreements contain a sectoral annex on mutual recognition of good manufacturing practice inspections (GMPs) and certification of batches of medicines for human and veterinary use. 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. If the EU refuses to negotiate a similar system of mutual recognition with the UK, this may violate the most favoured nation obligation (MPF) under WTO law. The MFN is a non-discrimination rule that requires that any benefit granted to products originating in one country be granted to similar products originating in other countries. Parties to an MRA do not need to change their technical rules and that is why the UK government is now proposing MRA for compliance assessment as part of its new trade agreements. The transition period for medicines for human use, which falls under the agreement, ended on 11 July 2019, making it a significant difficult for British manufacturers to have products certified by EU authorities before they can be exported to the continent. The European Commission`s approach to the United Kingdom differs from what it has negotiated with other countries. 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. The EU internal market is the most comprehensive version of mutual recognition between trading partners. According to the Dijon Cassis principle, a product that can be legally sold in one Member State can be legally sold in any other Member State, even if the rules are not harmonised. 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. Restrictions: Capacity determination applies to routine inspections. In the future, the following types of products and inspections may be included in the scope of the agreement until further consideration is made: by granting mutual recognition of products covered by free trade agreements with Canada and Korea, but which refuse to treat products originating in the United Kingdom, the EU could violate WTO law. Although there has been little progress in accession negotiations, Turkey has gradually expanded its legislation on EU legislation to remove technical barriers. The results of THE CAB tests notified by Turkey are mutually recognised in the EU (and vice versa). Mutual recognition agreements/agreements (MRAs) for compliance assessment are agreements between governments to facilitate trade in telecommunications equipment.

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