All products imported and marketed in the European Union need to comply with EU technical regulations irrespective of the EU's preferential trading arrangements or trade agreements with third countries. Consequently, CETA does not provide for an automatic equivalence of technical regulations, and products marketed on the European market need to comply with the European requirements just as products sold on the Canadian market need to satisfy Canadian requirements. However the CETA Protocol does enable designated European certification bodies to certify to Canadian requirements, and designated Canadian certification bodies (notified bodies) to assess to European ones.


In all cases products always need to comply with European requirements when placed on European market, and in the case of construction products their marketing has to take place in compliance with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) of the EU. While construction products are listed among the sectors for which the CETA Protocol on the mutual acceptance of the results of conformity assessment applies, at this stage there are no designated conformity assessment bodies within the meaning of the CETA Protocol in either the EU or Canada. Further information on designation of conformity assessment bodies can be found on the Market Access Database.