Global Initiatives of Interest. Presentation to ANSI CMCEC OECD and UN/ECE George Willingmyre June 12, 2001. Structure Of The Presentation. OECD Trade Committee…regulatory reform OECD activity Codes of Practice for Ecommerce and privacy
Global Initiatives of Interest
Presentation to ANSI CMCEC
OECD and UN/ECE
June 12, 2001
Project of the Trade Committee continuing work on regulatory harmonization described at http://www.oecd.org//ech/16-17%20march%202000/documentation-eng.htm
US Participates through USTR…FCC for this project
Potential for International Co-operation and Reduction of Trade Barriers arising from Technical Requirements and Conformity Assessment procedures in the Telecommunications Sector in February, 2001. This report is available at http://www.gtwassociates.com/alerts/Feb6OECD.pdf
Standards-Related Barriers and Trade Liberalisation: Telecommunications Sector Study- Interim Report available at http://www.olis.oecd.org/olis/2001doc.nsf/linkto/td-tc-wp(2001)11-rev1
WTO Committee on Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products (ITA Committee) examining the economic and developmental impact of Non tariff trade measures on trade in ITA products (see http://www.wto.org/wto/english/news_e/pres00_e/pr198_e.htm)
OECD Interim Report
The analysis so far has identified three areas that appear to be candidates for international harmonisation: Electrical Safety, EMC and Avoidance of Radio Interference.
OECD Members covered in this study tend to use international standards in their technical regulations on Electrical Safety and EMC, while many challenges remain for achieving international harmonisation in other areas
ICSCA on OECD
ICSCA VII welcomes the OECD ongoing initiative on Potential for International Co-operation and Reduction of Trade Barriers arising from Technical Requirements and Conformity Assessment procedures and encourages OECD to expand the scope of the project to include Information Technology products in order that the OECD work will have the greatest positive impact on the ongoing WTO ITA initiative on NTMs. ICSCA members offer their continued cooperation for further OECD efforts in this regard including potential for additional product sectors.
US participates though the Department of State and FTC also involved. Industry participates through the Business Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC)
Existing OECD Guidelines for privacy are basis for numerous standards initiatives. Current OECD focus to survey and inventory codes of practice and marks of conformity
Companies will meet "agreed or legally required standards for consumer health and safety..."
While "voluntary"... Consumerist/labor pressure on the State Department to gear up and staff a "US enquiry point" for addressing allegations from "interested parties" that US companies are not meeting the Guidelines.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe UN/ECE
is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its 55 member States include western, central and eastern Europe as well as Israel, the United States and Canada
Participation is through government membership…NIST in the US
The UN/ECE Working Party on Technical Harmonization and Standardization Policies WP6
an ad hoc team of specialists on STandardization And Regulatory Techniques “START” established in 1999 to provide guidance for good regulatory practice and a mechanism for voluntary cooperation between regulatory authorities, standardizers and industry, so that legislation could make appropriate use of international standards.
“START Team” prepared an "International Model for implementing good regulatory practice in the preparation, adoption and application of technical regulations via the use of international standards“
November, 2000 Workshop with private sector participation.
UN/ECE November 7, 2000 Workshop
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