Parties to an MRA do not need to change their technical rules and that is why the UK government is now proposing MRA for compliance assessment as part of its new trade agreements. The Johnson government has moved away from these approaches. In its proposal for a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU, the UK proposes an agreement on mutual recognition of compliance assessment that is “consistent” with the provisions of the EU agreement with Canada. A separate agreement on the certification of marine equipment is also proposed as part of the agreement between the EU and the United States. The UK document reaffirms the importance of regulatory autonomy – “respect for the regulatory law of each party” – but also follows earlier considerations by proposing that the agreement “creates a framework for both parties to require the other to consider its technical regulation as equivalent to its own regulation.” The text of the Protocol on Mutual Recognition of the Results of the Compliance Assessment is part of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union and its Member States. According to the Dijon Cassis principle, a product that can be legally sold in one Member State can be legally sold in any other Member State, even if the rules are not harmonised. CEPs are usually concluded with candidate countries with which the EU has association agreements (see our presentation on association agreements) and are a step in the accession process. The aim of the EPCA is to bring the technical rules of a candidate country in line with those of the EU in terms of preparation for EU membership. This type of MRA is by nature temporary, as it disappears when the country joins the EU internal market. www.nist.gov/mutual-recognition-agreements-mras But recently, European Commission trade negotiators have rejected mutual recognition of compliance assessment by UK testing laboratories. Although there has been little progress in accession negotiations, Turkey has gradually expanded its legislation on EU legislation to remove technical barriers.