MRAs are trade agreements aimed at facilitating market access and promoting greater international harmonization of compliance standards while protecting consumer safety. These agreements benefit regulators by reducing double inspections in any other area, allowing for a greater focus on higher-risk sites, and expanding inspection coverage of the global supply chain. 4. Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation in the framework of the Internal Market Information System (hereinafter the IMI Regulation) /// OJ L 347, 31.12.2012, p. 4. OJ L 354 of 28.12.2013. pp. 132-170. Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) promote trade in goods between the European Union and third countries and facilitate market access. These are bilateral agreements designed to benefit industry by facilitating access to conformity assessment. Mutual recognition agreements with third countries on the conformity assessment of products that provide for the use of a label in EU legislation are negotiated at the initiative of the EU.
The EU will negotiate on the basis of the conclusion, by the third countries concerned, with the EEA-EFTA States of parallel RHAs equivalent to those to be concluded with the EU. The EEA States shall cooperate in accordance with the general information and consultation procedures laid down in the EEA Agreement. If there is a difference in relations with third countries, it shall be dealt with in accordance with the relevant provisions of the EEA Agreement. On the one hand, industry and government institutions of international standards bodies are striving to establish common and universal technical regulations (e.g. CEN/CENELEC and ETSI at European level, ISO/IEC and ITU at international level); on the other hand, States interact directly (e.g. the European Community with third countries) to achieve mutual recognition of their conformity assessment procedures. This last point is particularly important where it has not been possible to agree on common rules or where it will not be possible, for other reasons, to draw up such rules in the foreseeable future. .