Mutual recognition agreements
If your company wishes to export to Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the USA, or Switzerland, then you will need to know about Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) and Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs).
Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) have the objective of promoting trade in goods between the European Union and third countries by facilitating market access. They are bilateral agreements, and aim to benefit industry by providing easier access to conformity assessment.
MRAs lay down the conditions under which the EU and the third country concerned will accept test reports, certificates and marks of conformity issued by the conformity assessment bodies (CABs) of the other party to the agreement, in conformity with the legislation of the other party.
MRAs include the finalisation of relevant lists of designated laboratories, inspection bodies and conformity assessment bodies in both the EU and the third country. Links to existing lists are provided on this website.