Resolution 6 of the 22nd CGPM (2003)

On the importance of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement

The 22nd General Conference,


  • the positive social and economic impact, including the lowering of costs in non-tariff barriers to trade that are expected to follow from adoption by regulators and legislators of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA),
  • the effect of the CIPM MRA in building mutual confidence between trading partners,
  • the interest already created with certain regulatory authorities, trade organizations and national authorities,
  • the use of the CIPM MRA, for example, in facilitating the European Union/United States trade agreement,
  • that the credibility of the CIPM MRA is based upon a secure technical foundation, namely, the key comparisons, quality systems and other measures to ensure quality,
  • that the CIPM MRA has been signed with the approval of the appropriate official authorities in each country,

welcomes the interest shown by these bodies, and


  • all Member States to promote the CIPM MRA among their national regulatory, accreditation and standardization bodies as a framework for acceptance of calibration and measurement certificates from national metrology institutes (NMIs) and designated institutes as well as from accredited laboratories that can demonstrate traceability to the International System of Units through standards realized by the signatory NMIs and designated institutes,
  • the International Committee to prepare a declaration on the importance and application of the CIPM MRA in trade, commerce and regulatory affairs, and to bring it to the attention of the Governments of the Metre Convention with the recommendation that the principles of the CIPM MRA be included in intergovernmental agreements as appropriate,

encourages the International Committee to take all possible steps to increase the number of signatories of the CIPM MRA representing NMIs and other designated institutes that form part of the metrological infrastructure of the Members States of the Metre Convention and the Associates of the General Conference.

DOI : 10.59161/CGPM2003RES6E

The reader should note that the official version of this Resolution is the French text

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