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       Conformity Assessment 10/06/2015
Making TTIP a success through the introduction of transatlantic conformity assessment ‘one stop shopping’

ACIL, CEOC International and IFIA published a position paper on the Conformity Assessment Sector’s Perspective on TTIP.


ACIL, CEOC and IFIA and their members support the ambitions of the TTIP and we would like to contribute our proposals. Independent third party conformity assessment is an integral part of a well-functioning trade system and we outline in our position paper how transatlantic conformity assessment can help to achieve the ambitious TTIP goals.


The paper includes consideration of the following key issues and conclusions:

  • "Legal harmonization" and "mutual recognition" instruments, in the short or medium term, are not appropriate methods to facilitate the removal of existing barriers to trade.
  •  Assessment bodies at the home location should however be authorized to test certain products in accordance with the legal and technical (standard-based) requirements that apply in the other economic area
  • The application of such a national treatment approach would facilitate ‘one-stop shopping’ for conformity assessment (“Transatlantic Conformity Assessment”) and would achieve a significant facilitation of trade in the context of TTIP through the use of one accreditation body for both markets.


The full ACIL – CEOC – IFIA Position Paper on the Conformity Assessment Sector’s Perspective on TTIP can be downloaded here.


Together ACIL, CEOC and IFIA represent the vast majority of testing, inspection, and certification service providers worldwide. Our members are located in both Europe and the United States, as well as in other geographies, and our collective memberships consist of both small and medium sized (SMEs) companies/laboratories and larger entities.


For further information about ACIL and IFIA, please refer to their websites:

·         ACIL:

·         IFIA:


If you have any queries or would like further background material please do not hesitate to contact any of the following:


ACIL – Milton Bush –

CEOC – Franziska Kassler –

IFIA – Hilary Reid Evans –

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