In the present, ema has the recognition of two regional and two international organizations. These recognitions have different scopes for different Conformity Assessment Bodies:
Due to the amount of international trade which takes place in Mexico and the world, and to the need proving technical and operational competence, these international recognitions are important to ema. But, what are these recognitions? And, why are they important?
MUTUAL AND MULTILATERAL RECOGNITION AGREEMENTS
Multilateral Recognition Agreement (MLA) and Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), are agreements that guarantee that the signatories to the MLA or MRA, operate in an equivalent manner, applying the same standards and regulations.
Therefore, the MRA/MLA recognizes the equivalency of the accreditation programs of the signatory members, and the equivalency of activities the accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies carry out.
MRA’s and MLA’s main objective is to reduce the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). The agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade from the World Trade Organization “urges the Members to accept, by the other Member´s request, to negotiate mutual recognition agreements for the results of their respective procedures in Conformity Assessment”. This leads to “mutually satisfying” results, due to the possibilities for the easier trade of the product.
In the present, different legislation in different countries and other considerations don’t always make it possible to accept in one country the results from an MRA accredited Conformity Assessment Body from other countries. Nevertheless, there are places like Australia, New Zealand and most European countries, where the services and products from an MRA/MLA accredited certification body are easily accepted, with few or none technical barriers.
Today, the number of countries that are MRA/MLA signatories is over 70 within all regional and international organizations. Mexico’s Accreditation System can be compared to other members who have signed multilateral agreements, such as the United States, Canada, France, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, among others.
It is important to stress the fact that ema’s international recognition offers Mexican Trade an opportunity for the country’s products and services to have an endorsement that is recognized in the world’s market.
MRA BENEFITS. SUCCESSFUL CASES IN OTHER COUNTRIES