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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