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As part of the mutual recognition of compliance assessment procedures (“mutual recognition agreement” (MRA), one country implements compliance assessment procedures on its own territory, in accordance with the rules of the other country, and the other country recognizes this procedure as if it had done so itself. 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. 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. The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) aims to promote trade in goods between the EU and Australia by removing technical barriers. 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. 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) 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. 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). Under the bilateral agreement concluded by EU countries on 11 November 2005, the EU and Australia accept the results of the compliance assessment, which are carried out respectively for certain industrial products.

Other amendments to the agreement were introduced in the original text. This consolidated version is only of documentary value. Decision 98/508/EC of the Council of 18 June 1998 on the conclusion of a mutual recognition agreement between the European Community and Australia with regard to compliance assessment, certificates and markings (OJ L 199 of 31.12.1998, p. 1). (2) JO L 229, 17.8.1998, p.