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
harmonization" and "mutual recognition" instruments, in the
short or medium term, are not appropriate methods to facilitate the removal of
existing barriers to trade.
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
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
If you have any queries or would like further
background material please do not hesitate to contact any of the following:
ACIL – Milton Bush – firstname.lastname@example.org
CEOC – Franziska Kassler – email@example.com
IFIA – Hilary Reid Evans – firstname.lastname@example.org