ACCSQ Structure


ACCSQ

 


Scope of Activities


1. WG1 – Working Group on Standards and Mutual Recognition Arrangements

Chair : Malaysia
Co-Chair : Viet Nam

Scope of Activities:

i. Monitoring the implementation of the sectoral MRAs in ASEAN.
ii. Establishment of an ASEAN Guide to MRAs.
iii. Harmonization of national standards to international standards.
iv. Assistance in promoting GRP concept to regulators.
v. Confidence building among regulators in the use of harmonized standards.
vi. Promotion of transparency of technical regulations.
vii. Exploring new areas for development of MRAs and standards harmonization in ASEAN.
viii. Development of a mechanism for cooperation between standards bodies and regulatory agencies; and
ix. Recommending to the ACCSQ, proposals, activities or issues for ASEAN cooperation in relevant international and regional organizations such as ISO, IEC, APEC and ASEM.


2. WG2 – Working Group on Accreditation and Conformity Assessment

Chair : Malaysia
Co-Chair : Thailand

Scope of Activities:

i. Enhancing the capability of accreditation bodies in ASEAN member countries to achieve regional/international recognition.
ii. (Enhancing the competence of conformity assessment bodies in ASEAN member countries to facilitate the implementation of mutual recognition of test reports and certifications.
iii. Assisting new member countries in accreditation and conformity assessment.
iv. Monitoring the certification bodies within ASEAN.

3. WG 3 – Working Group on Legal Metrology

Chair : Malaysia

Co-Chair : Thailand

Scope of Activities:

i. To align legal metrology in ASEAN to support the objectives of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and to ensure that the modernization of legislation in legal metrology by ASEAN Member Countries will not result in the introduction of new technical barriers to trade.
ii. To establish ASEAN cooperation in the area of legal metrology and to improve the national legal metrology systems, through cooperation in technology, human resources and management expertise.
iii. To hold discussions and promote ASEAN interest in legal metrology with other national, regional and international organizations


4. JSC EE MRA - Joint Sectoral Committee for ASEAN Sectoral MRA for Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Chair : Thailand
Co-Chair : Viet Nam

Scope of Activities:

i. Listing, suspension, removal and verification of Testing Laboratories and / or Certification Bodies in accordance with the ASEAN EE MRA ;
ii. Providing a forum for discussion of issues that may arise concerning the implementation of the ASEAN EE MRA ;
iii. Reviewing and proposing amendments to the scope and coverage of the ASEAN EE MRA ;
iv. Considering ways to enhance the operation of the ASEAN EE MRA, such as developing outreach programme for capacity building;
v. Considering ways on Good Regulatory Practice on electrical and electronic products


5. ACC – ASEAN Cosmetic Committee

Chair : Singapore
Co-Chair : Vacant

Scope of Activities:

i. Coordinating, reviewing and monitoring the implementation of the Agreement on ASEAN Harmonized Cosmetic Regulatory Scheme, including the ASEAN mutual Recognition Arrangement of Product Registration Approvals for Cosmetics and the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive;
ii. Monitoring the implementation of the following technical documents and reviewing and updating these documents when necessary:

a) ASEAN Definition of Cosmetics and Illustrative List by Category of Cosmetic Products;
b) ASEAN Cosmetic Ingredient Listings and ASEAN Handbook of Cosmetic Ingredients;
c) ASEAN Cosmetic Labelling Requirements;
d) ASEAN Cosmetic Claims Guideline;
e) ASEAN Cosmetic Product Registration Requirements;
f) ASEAN Cosmetic Imports/ Export Requirements; and
g) ASEAN Guidelines for Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice.

iii. Providing a forum for discussion of issues that may arise concerning the implementation of the Agreement;
iv. Considering measures to enhance the operation of the Agreement


6. PPWG – Pharmaceutical Product Working Group

Chair : Malaysia
Co-Chair : Thailand

Scope of Activities:

i. Exchange of information on the existing pharmaceutical requirements and regulations implemented by each ASEAN member countries;
ii. Review and preparation of comparative study of the requirements and regulations;
iii. Study of harmonized procedures and regulatory system currently implemented in others regions on pharmaceutical trade;
iv. Development of harmonization of technical procedures and requirements, including appropriate MRAs (full harmonization equivalence of conformance, equivalence of results and/or acceptance of test procedures) applicable to the ASEAN pharmaceutical industry, taking into account other regional and international developments on pharmaceuticals


7. PFPWG – Prepared Foodstuff Product Working Group

Chair : Indonesia
Co-Chair : Thailand

Scope of Activities:

i. Exchange of information on standards, regulations, procedures and mandatory requirements in Member Countries related to prepared foodstuff;
ii. Review and analyze the comparative study of regulatory regimes among Member Countries;
iii. Identify areas for possible harmonization and MRAs;
iv. Develop, implement and monitor the sectoral MRAs; and
v. Identify the technical infrastructure needs and build-up mutual confidence in testing and conformity assessment

8. APWG – Automotive Product Working Group

Chair : Indonesia
Co-Chair : Thailand

Scope of Activities:
i. Exchange of information on standards, rules, regulations, procedures and mandatory requirements in Member Countries related to Automotives sector;
ii. Review and analyze the comparative study of regulatory regimes among Member Countries;
iii. Identify areas for possible harmonization and MRAs, with the focus on harmonization ASEAN automotives safety and emission standards based on UN ECE regulations;
iv. Develop sectoral MRAs; and
v. Identify the technical infrastructure needs and build-up mutual confidence in conformity assessment.


9. TMHSPWG – Traditional Medicines and Health Supplements Product Working Group

Chair : Singapore
Co-Chair : Myanmar

Scope of Activities:
i. Exchange, review and analyze information on the existing regulatory framework/regime including standard definition, terminologies, and technical infrastructure in Member Countries.
ii. Study the existing regulatory frameworks/regime of selected countries and internationally accepted technical guidelines.
iii. Enhance the technical infrastructure including mutual confidence in testing and conformity assessment.
iv. Identify areas for possible harmonization and MRAs.


10. MDPWG – Medical Device Product Working Group

Chair : Malaysia
Co-Chair : Singapore

Scope of Activities:
i. Developing a common submission dossier template for product approval in ASEAN
ii. Exploring the feasibility of an abridged approval process for medical devices which regulators of benchmarked countries or recognized regulators have approved
iii. Exploring the feasibility of adopting a harmonized system of placement of medical devices into the ASEAN markets, based on a common product approval process
iv. Formalizing of a post-marketing alert system for defective or unsafe medical devices.
v. All ASEAN countries to consider joining the Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) and work in parallel with the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) on technical harmonization efforts


11. RBPWG – Rubber-Based Product Working Group

Chair : Malaysia
Co-Chair : Thailand

Scope of Activities:
i. To enhance cooperation in conformity assessment, development and implementation of standards and technical regulations for rubber based products among ASEAN Member Countries.
ii. To strengthen and enhance networking and exchange of information among ASEAN Member Countries pertaining to standards, quality and regulations of rubber based products, with the view to facilitate cooperative undertakings in this area.
iii. To identify standards for rubber-based products for ASEAN to harmonize with international standards and quality.
iv. To enhance joint actions and approaches on international issues and adopt common positions in relevant international organisations, agreements and arrangements.
v. To identify fields of cooperation with related ASEAN Member Countries and Third Party countries and organisations in order to promote the development of standards for rubber based products.
vi. To strengthen human resource development in the area of standards and quality for rubber products.
vii. To share equal responsibility to the tasks and activities agreed at meetings.