However, recent free trade agreements indicate a change in approach and acceptance of “traditional” MMAs. For example, Article 4.6 and Article 7.21, paragraph 4, of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement provide for the negotiation of mutual recognition of the assessment of the compliance of goods and services. 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. Trade agreements are trade agreements designed to facilitate market access and promote greater international harmonization of compliance standards while protecting consumer safety. 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. Under the Drug Safety and Safety Act passed in 2012, the FDA has the authority to enter into agreements on the recognition of drug inspections by foreign regulators when the FDA has found that these authorities are able to conduct inspections in accordance with U.S. requirements. The FDA and the EU have been cooperating since May 2014 to assess how they control drug manufacturers and assess the risk and benefits of mutual recognition of inspections. 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. Agreement on mutual product recognition between Turkey and EFTA (entered into force on 5 July 2011). Protocol E of the EFTA-Turkey Free Trade Agreement covers all sectors of products harmonized in trade between the EFTA-EEA states and Turkey. With regard to trade between Turkey and Switzerland, this protocol applies to sectors covered by the EU-Switzerland OPR in which the corresponding legislation is considered equivalent to this agreement.
Here you will find an overview of the areas covered as well as links to the relevant compliance assessment agencies (CABs). 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. List of CABs designated under the IMM between the European Community and the United States of America ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/single-market-goods/international-aspects/mutual-recognition-agreement/usa/index_en.htm agreement on mutual recognition in the assessment of compliance, certification and marking between Canada and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (application date: 1 January 2001). Covered sectors: telecommunications terminal equipment, electromagnetic compatibility (CEM), electrical safety, pleasure boats, pharmaceuticals (good manufacturing processes, GMP) and medical devices. This illustrates the difference from technical harmonization: while the development of an international standard takes years to finally be accepted and implemented by all parties involved, the aim of mutual recognition agreements is to create a working basis for mutual recognition of compliance assessment procedures, using the rules of the partner country, before achieving them. The European Union (EU) has signed Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) with third-country authorities on the assessment of compliance of regulated products.