MRAs are trade agreements aimed at facilitating market access and promoting greater international harmonization of compliance standards while protecting consumer safety. However, recent free trade agreements indicate a change in approach and acceptance of “traditional” SARs. For example, Articles 4(6) and 7(21)(4) of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement provide for the negotiation of mutual recognition of conformity assessment for goods and services. These agreements benefit regulators by reducing double inspections in any other area, allowing for a greater focus on higher-risk sites, and expanding inspection coverage of the global supply chain. *Restrictions: Capacity rules apply to routine surveillance inspections. In the future, the following types of products and inspections could be included in the scope of the agreement until further reflection is carried out: however, European Commission negotiators have recently refused mutual recognition of conformity assessment by UK testing laboratories. A traditional MRA is an agreement for the mutual recognition of “conformity assessment”. For example, the European Commission`s recently concluded free trade agreements with Canada and Korea provide for the conclusion of conformity assessment UNEMRs, without their partners being asked to adapt their regulatory requirements to those of the EU. The European Union (EU) has signed mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) with third country authorities on conformity assessment of regulated products. These agreements contain a sectoral annex on the mutual recognition of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) inspections and the certification of batches of medicinal products for human and veterinary use. Parties to an MRA are not obliged to change their technical rules, which is why the UK government now offers SARs for conformity assessment under its new trade agreements.
The EU negotiates different types of MRAs (both “traditional” and “extended”) depending on its relationship with the relevant trading partner. The two types of “expanded” MRAs he has negotiated are the protocols to the European Conventions on Conformity Assessment (PECA) and the Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACA). Where the technical rules of two parties to an agreement are harmonised in certain product sectors, they may be considered equivalent under the extended GPA. In this case, it is sufficient to carry out a conformity assessment for a product to be placed on the market in both countries. The assessment may be carried out by a competent conformity assessment body of the exporting country (recognised in accordance with the Agreement) in accordance with the technical requirements of the exporting country. . . .