The TIC sector facilitates trade by enabling economic operators to test and certify their products with requirements of other world regions. Thereby, economic operators can export their products and participate in high – level value chains.

Conformity assessment provisions play an increasing role in international trade negotiations, as policymakers try to strike the right balance between protecting public goods and removing technical barriers to trade.

In this context, the TIC Council develops positions on bilateral trade agreements trying to promote a risk-based approach in selecting conformity assessment procedures.

 

Existing global positions: ​​​​​​​
TIC Council Position in Trade Negotiations - July 2020
TIC Council supports the principles of comprehensive, high-standard and market-opening trade agreements to ensure the neutrality of conformity assessment methods and proper regulatory cooperation from all parties.

 

Past Americas positions:
The International TIC Sector Supports the United States-Mexico-Canada State Agreement (USMCA)
The International TIC Sector wants to express its strong support for the congressional approval of the USMCA in 2019. The USMCA will stimulate economic growth and improve market access for all industries in the region.
IFIA Position on NAFTA - June 2017
The International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA) supports the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to meet current commercial realities and improve opportunities for greater competitiveness and job creation for the NAFTA parties.
 
Past EU positions: ​​​​​​​
Conformity Assessment Perspective on TTIP: Comments on Publicly Available Texts - September 2016
CEOC International and IFIA's pledge for support of a comprehensive trade agreement that could enhance trade between Europe and the United States through the reduction of Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade (NTBs).