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We facilitate trade through a robust standards and conformance infrastructure and mutual recognition agreements (MRAs). This reduces costs and delays for exporters and increases the supply of reliable products into the Australian market.
We do this by:
MRAs improve the movement of goods and labour domestically and internationally by recognising test reports and certificates issued by a designated conformity assessment body.
They facilitate trade by allowing a product’s conformance requirements (testing, inspecting and certification) to be undertaken in the export country, instead of the destination country.
Mutual recognition benefits include:
We manage the mutual recognition of goods while the Department of Education and Training manages the mutual recognition of occupations.
Australia has MRAs with:
The Mutual Recognition Act 1992 allows goods sold in one Australian state or territory to be sold in another without needing to meet further requirements. This principle also applies across Australia and New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA).
The MRAs do not affect laws that regulate:
Under the MRAs, the sale of certain goods can be stopped:
We can assist regulators with the exemption process. Email TradeFacilitation@industry.gov.au
The Agreement on Mutual Recognition in relation to Conformity Assessment, Certificates and Markings between Australia and the European Community (EC-MRA) entered into force on 1 January 1999. An amending agreement was entered into force on 1 January 2013.
The agreement also extends to Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein under the Agreement on Mutual Recognition in Relation to Conformity Assessment, Certificates and Markings between Australia and the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway (EFTA MRA).
The MRAs cover:
The MRAs facilitate trade by giving exporters the choice to undertake product conformance requirements (testing, inspecting and certification) in their home country or destination country. Exporters may need to have their products tested by a suitable conformity assessment body prior to export.
The Australia-Singapore Mutual Recognition Agreement on Conformity Assessment entered into force on 1 July 2001.
The MRA covers:
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Last updated: 30 January 2019
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