Regulatory policy

Mutual recognition agreements (MRAs)

 

Definition

 

Principle of international law whereby states party to mutual recognition agreements recognise and uphold legal decisions taken by competent authorities in another member state. Mutual recognition is a process which allows conformity assessments (of qualifications, product…) carried out in one country to be recognised in another country.

 

Examples

 

  • EU “New Approach” to technical harmonisation and standardisation (1985);

 

  • Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement between Australia and New Zealand.

 

Illustration

 

Case study on chemical safety