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Unece 1998 Agreement Contracting Parties

Under Article 12 of the agreement, an amendment to a regulation is deemed to have been adopted, unless, within six months of notification by the Secretary-General, more than one-third of the contracting parties applying the regulation on the date of notification have informed the Secretary-General of his refusal. Given the administrative time required to develop the document and the notification procedure, an amendment will take effect approximately nine months after its adoption by WP.29 and AC.1. Before granting a type reception in accordance with a regulation attached to the 1958 agreement, the receiving authority by type of contracting party must carry out an initial assessment of the manufacturer`s production facility, i.e. verify the existence of satisfactory devices and procedures (such as ISO 9002) to ensure effective control to ensure that vehicles, equipment or parts in production comply with the type received. The type reception authority must verify the existence of appropriate provisions and documented control plans to carry out, at certain intervals, the tests or related controls necessary to verify compliance with the type received, including, if necessary, the specific production compliance controls (COPs) provided by the current regulations. The type reception authority can check the compliance control methods applied at each production facility at any time. The normal frequency of these audits and the cop verification procedure must be consistent with the terms and conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the 1958 agreement or the provisions of the COP of the existing regulation contained in the annex to the agreement. For more information on the COP procedure, please see Schedule 2 of the 1958 Agreement or specific production compliance provisions, in accordance with the applicable regulations, at: www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29regs.html. WP.29 was established on 6 June 1952 as a working group on vehicle construction, the subsidiary body of the Internal Transport Committee (ITC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-EEC). In March 2000, WP.29 became the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). The objective of WP.29 is to adopt and follow measures to harmonize or develop technical rules on vehicles around the world.

These rules, which provide uniform conditions for regular technical inspections and strengthening economic relations around the world, are designed to improve vehicle safety; – to protect the environment; – to promote energy efficiency and improve anti-theft performance. WP.29 currently manages three UN agreements, namely: 1st UN agreement of 1958 on the adoption of uniform technical rules for wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts that can be mounted and/or used on wheeled vehicles, and the conditions for mutual recognition of permits issued on the basis of these rules;2.

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