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EEC and Korean Agency for Technology and Standards discussed possible cooperation on technical regulation

EEC and Korean Agency for Technology and Standards discussed possible cooperation on technical regulation

Technical regulation mechanisms have a great significance for developing trade between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries and the Republic of Korea. This was stated by Timur Nurashev, Director of Technical Regulation and Accreditation Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), on September 10 at a working meeting on technical regulation issues held via videoconferencing with representatives of the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS).


"Developing cooperation with foreign partners in this sphere is very important for us. It not only enables evaluating the level of requirements to products and its assessment procedures under international requirements, but also helps remove unnecessary technical barriers to trade," stressed Timur Nurashev.


The sides agreed to examine possible drafting of a memorandum of cooperation between the EEC and the KATS for the next year. It may comprise, in particular, sections on the exchange of information and sharing of experience in technical normalization, product safety control systems, including dangerous product recall system, improving the certification system with a view to balance burdens on business, consumers, etc.


The sides scheduled holding regular consultations between the EEC and the KATS in three upcoming years to share experience and increase awareness on each other's work.


Jae Hyung Park, Director of the KATS Technical Cooperation Department, emphasized the interest in continuing a dialogue with the EEC and the Member States on applying technical regulations to mutually traded products.


As part of practical accomplishment of the tasks set during the working meeting, a seminar for business community of the Republic of Korea was held on September 11 to clarify the main aspects of the Union's technical regulations laying down safety requirements to energy consuming devices, construction equipment, wheeled vehicles, chemical products, etc. The Korean business representatives also obtained comments on the matters they were interested in.


The seminar was attended by representatives of the Korea Testing and Research Institute, a number of leading Korean business entities, including Hyundai Motors, the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA), CETEC, SAMSUNG Electronics, DOOSAN Infracore, and the Korea Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (KOCEMA).


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The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards is a state body coordinating technical regulation issues in the Republic of Korea. Within its competencies, it is responsible for electro-technical and electronic products, safety of toys, energy efficiency, etc.​