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Int’l Cooperation

Global Harmonization of Safety Standards

Implications of Global Harmonization

  • Eliminating technical trade barriers through the global harmonization of vehicle safety standards
  • Enhancing national competitiveness by reducing vehicle development cost and time

Background of Global Harmonization

  • Each country establishes and implements its own safety standards based on its situation to secure vehicle safety
  • Different standards mean technical trade barrier for free trade in the midst of increasing vehicle trades
  • The global harmonization of safety standards is the trend in order to remove the barrier and secure the competiveness of the automobile industry of each country

Need for Global Harmonization

  • Eliminating issues such as increase of development cost and trade barrier caused by different safety standards per country
  • Overall enhancement of vehicle safety at the global level

Expected results

  • Consumer protection by improving vehicle safety : Life and property of citizens are protected through safety driving
  • Better export competitiveness : Reduced vehicle development time and cost as well as improved safety through the global harmonization of safety standards
  • Solidifying Korea’s position as a major automobile manufacturing country : Active role in developing and revising safety standards as a member of WP29
  • Addressing international trade conflict : More effective and consistent compliance thanks to harmonized standards