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Your help is needed to define the Programme of the WSC Workshop on Conformity Assessment

By Claire Marchand

Want to learn about conformity assessment (CA)? Get personalized and practical insights on topics of interest to you? Exchange views and network with experts and peers? Don’t look further, the WSC Workshop on Conformity Assessment will help you get answers and meet people that matter in the CA field.

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What is to be achieved?

The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) is organizing its first workshop on conformity assessment, to be held over 1,5 days on 1-2 December 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The event takes place in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies (WP.6) 25th session (also 1,5 days) on 2-3 December.

The overall objective of the event is to enhance awareness about global conformity assessment, in line with the relevant WSC terms of reference “to promote and increase the worldwide visibility of international consensus-based standardization and related conformity assessment matters”. It is also to inform on and explore important international conformity assessment issues and return practical, relevant and usable feedback which will contribute to a path forward towards the resolution and understanding of those issues.

Have your say in defining the final agenda

Although the event is still several months away, a dedicated website is already up and running.

If you have an interest in national of regional quality infrastructure issues, or conformity assessment issues in general, and think of participating in the workshop, please visit the website, answer the questions and help shape the programme.  The workshop topics will be defined by the information you provide. To help you make your choice, a number of topics are already listed, which you can rate according to your level of interest. They include:

  • CA as a tool for business and regulators
  • Global CA Schemes – Regulators dream come true
  • Combating counterfeit goods – risks and rewards
  • CA in transition economies – challenges and opportunities
  • Harmonized risk classes, standards and CA
  • Energy efficiency (EE)

Feel free to suggest alternative themes that you deem important and would like to see addressed during the event.

Practical information

Registration is open now and is free of charge for all participants.

The event will take place over 1,5 days. The first day will be at the Mövenpick Hotel near Geneva airport. The first day will be devoted to presentations by CA experts and breakout sessions. The second day will be at the Palais des Nations – to the very same room where the UNECE WP.6 meeting takes place. During the morning session results of the previous day’s breakouts will be discussed. All delegates will be able to take advantage of the simultaneous translation services offered by the UN and have the opportunity to speak in their own language.

Your voice counts

If you are interested in the workshop, please take the survey now. Seize the chance to choose the topics that will be discussed next December.

For more information on the WSC Workshop on Conformity Assessment please go to:

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United Nations building The second day of the workshop will take place at the Palais des Nations
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