Resolution 4 of the 23rd CGPM

On the relevance to trade of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement, and other related Arrangements

The 23rd General Conference,


  • that in order to facilitate trade, it is necessary to reduce or eliminate barriers which may exist as a result of a lack of equivalence of the realization of the International System of Units at a national level,
  • that the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement, the Arrangement of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the Mutual Acceptance Arrangement of the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) complement each other and support a uniform worldwide metrology system,
  • the role of the Technical Barriers to Trade Committee (TBT) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the mutual benefit which would be achieved through a joint activity to address traceability issues,

noting and welcoming

  • the initiatives taken by the International Committee to respond to Resolution 6 of the 22nd General Conference on the importance of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement,
  • the signature by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) of a common statement which promotes the use of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement, the Mutual Acceptance Arrangement of the OIML and the ILAC Arrangement, which was drawn up by these three bodies and which was transmitted to intergovernmental organizations, international bodies, and to bodies whose work is influenced by these Arrangements,
  • the positive responses received from a number of bodies to whom the joint statement was sent,

and further noting that the long-standing application made by the BIPM for observer status at the WTO Committee on TBT has still not received a favourable response,

requests Member States to address any impediments to the acceptance of this application as soon as possible.

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

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