Research Project Reports

Harmonization of Standards and Mutual Recognition Agreements on Conformity Assessment in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam

Edited by Samuel D. Scoles

ERIA Research Project Report 2015-15

Posted: November 2016


This report examines the basis of developments surrounding ASEAN's efforts in the area of standards and conformance, focusing on the following six sectors: (i) automotives, (ii) cosmetics, (iii) electrical and electronic equipment, (iv) medical devices, (v) rubber-based products, and (vi) wood-based products. This paper also reviews the implementation of ASEAN initiatives in four selected ASEAN member states - Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam - and identifies public support measures and capacity-building initiatives that ASEAN or specific member states have received from stakeholders. Lastly, this paper presents recommendations as to where ASEAN could target efforts to advance its standards and conformance regime to meet the commitments set forth in the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint and post-2015 AEC agenda.

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List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Overview of National and International Standards

Chapter 3. The Harmonization of Standards in the ASEAN

Chapter 4. Evaluating Sector-Specific Developments

Chapter 5. Capacity-Building Measures by Third Parties

Chapter 6. Key Recommendations

Chapter 7. Conclusion



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