On May 19, 2010, President Barack Obama and President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa reaffirmed the strategic bilateral partnership between the United States and Mexico, and underscored each country’s commitment to significantly enhance the economic competitiveness and the economic well-being of both the United States and Mexico through improved regulatory cooperation. The leaders therefore instructed the creation of the High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Council (HLRCC), comprised of senior-level regulatory, trade, and foreign affairs officials from both countries.
Both countries engaged in extensive consultation with stakeholders and the public in the course of development of the HLRCC Work Plan. The U.S. Department of Commerce published a request for public comment in the Federal Register on March 3, 2011, inviting comment on possible areas of regulatory cooperation between the United States and Mexico. The United States received 48 comments from the stakeholder community. Mexico also published a request for public comment on April 14, 2011. Mexico received 252 comments from the stakeholder community. These comments served as a basis for a bilateral discussion within the HLRCC to identify potential sectors and actions for collaboration.
Moving forward, the HLRCC will engage interested stakeholders to explain what the Council is doing and to solicit input on the implementation of the Work Plan.
To provide feedback on the High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Council process and Work Plan implementation, please direct all comments to HLRCC@trade.gov.
HLRCC WORK PLAN
On February 28, 2012, the governments of the United States and Mexico released the United States-Mexico Work Plan, an outline of the activities to be carried out by the HLRCC for a period of two years.
The Work Plan focuses on seven sectoral issues in six areas:
Lead Agencies: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION
E-CERTIFICATION FOR PLANTS AND PLANT PRODUCTS
Transportation: Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Procedures
Lead agency: Department of Transportation
Lead agency: Office of Management and Budget/Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Lead agency: Department of Health and Human Services/Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Offshore Oil and Gas Development Standards
Lead agencies: Department of Interior/Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement & Bureau of Oceanic Energy Management
Cross-Sectoral Issue: Accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies
Lead agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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