1. The Parties undertake to cooperate to the extent possible, to ensure that their
technical regulations are compatible with one another. To this end, if a Party
expresses an interest in developing a technical regulation equivalent or similar in
scope to one that exists in or is being prepared by the other Party, that other Party
shall, on request, provide to the Party, to the extent practicable, the relevant
information, studies and data upon which it has relied in the preparation of its
technical regulation, whether adopted or being developed. The Parties recognise that
it may be necessary to clarify and agree on the scope of a specific request, and that
confidential information may be withheld.
2. A Party that has prepared a technical regulation that it considers to be equivalent to a
technical regulation of the other Party having compatible objective and product scope
may request that the other Party recognise the technical regulation as equivalent. The
Party shall make the request in writing and set out detailed reasons why the technical
regulation should be considered equivalent, including reasons with respect to product
scope. The Party that does not agree that the technical regulation is equivalent shall
provide to the other Party, upon request, the reasons for its decision.