Posted on December 13, 2020 in
Written by: David B. Honig
Trade agreements are trade agreements designed to facilitate market access and promote greater international harmonization of compliance standards while protecting consumer safety. 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. Mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) promote trade in goods between the European Union and third countries and facilitate market access. These are bilateral agreements designed to facilitate industry access to compliance assessment. 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. Protocol 12 of the EEA agreement ensures that the EEA works well and homogenely. The protocol ensures that, when it takes the initiative to negotiate mutual recognition agreements, the EU will negotiate on the basis of the conclusion by the third countries concerned of parallel MRA with the EEA-EFTA states which are equivalent to those concluded by the EU [Box 1]. This system of parallel agreements allows third countries to facilitate market access for the sectors covered throughout the EEA, and vice versa [Box 2]. CEPs are usually concluded with candidate countries with which the EU has association agreements (see our presentation on association agreements) and are a step in the accession process. The aim of the EPCA is to bring the technical rules of a candidate country in line with those of the EU in terms of preparation for EU membership. This type of MRA is by nature temporary, as it disappears when the country joins the EU internal market.
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. By granting mutual recognition of products covered by free trade agreements with Canada and Korea, but which refuse to give the same treatment to products originating in the United Kingdom, the EU could violate WTO legislation. What kind of mutual recognition agreements has the EU concluded? The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the FDA and the European Union allows drug inspectors to rely on information from anti-drug inspections carried out within the other country`s borders.