Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs)
Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) between the European Union and third countries aim to promote trade in goods and facilitate mutual market access. They are bilateral agreements facilitating access to conformity assessment procedures in accordance with the legislation of the Contracting Parties. MRAs set out the conditions under which the EU / EEA and third countries with which agreements are concluded will accept test reports, certificates and marks of conformity issued by conformity assessment bodies (CABs) of one or the other Contracting Party.Agreements include lists of designated laboratories, inspection bodies and conformity assessment bodies in EEA countries and in third countries. Whenever Slovak companies have intention to export (their products) to Switzerland, the USA, Canada, Israel, Japan, Australia or New Zealand, they should be aware of the European Union's mutual recognition agreements with these countries as well as the conformity assessment bodies in these countries.
The European Commission website: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/goods/international-aspects/mutual-recognition-agreements_en provides links and important documents related to this issue, including respective agreements in Slovak and EU languages.
More detailed information on the topic is available in Slovak language at the UNMS SR Website:
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