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WP.29 Discussion Topic
The World Forum has engaged in an exchange of views over the possibility of establishing a common system of product markings (mainly within the context of lighting products and tires) through the GTR process. At the November 2010 session, the Forum decided to set this item in abeyance for 2011 unless a new reason appears to reopen the discussion. At the same time, the Forum's DETA group (which is pursuing a data exchange system for type approval information) wishes to keep open the possibility for eventually including information from non-type-approval (e.g., self-certification) nations.
World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 152 | 9-12 Nov 2010
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129. The representative of OICA, also on behalf of IMMA and GTB, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/143. He highlighted that that, according to the legal framework of the 1998 Agreement, global marking was not possible. He underlined that technical markings may be harmonized through global technical regulations, provided that such technical markings are integrated into national/regional legislation without modification. For the administrative certification however, he proposed to use a global database containing all relevant certification data, independently from the 1998 Agreement. He added that, as mentioned in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2007/32, the global harmonization of approval marks was not possible because the 1998 Agreement covers neither certification procedures nor mutual recognition of approvals.

The representative of the Russian Federation recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2010/83 on global certification marking based on the UNECE Regulation marking.

The representative of Canada reminded AC.3 that, even if a harmonized certification marking was agreed, this system would work only if gtrs were transposed into national law without any modification.

ETRTO recognized that this issue could not be dealt with at the present time. He suggested introducing the issue of markings in the framework of the 1998 Agreement in the revision of the publication “WP.29: How it works, how to join it”.

AC.3 noted that the issue of marking could be assigned to the informal group on DETA, after the completion of its current mandate. AC.3 wished to be informed of the progress of the DETA project anticipating that it could provide a solution to marking requirements in the framework of the 1998 Agreement.

AC.3 agreed to remove this item from the agenda for the 2011 sessions, unless any new information was forthcoming.

128. AC.3 agreed to consider this item at its March 2011 session.

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