1. Each Party shall encourage its relevant authorities or professional bodies, as
appropriate, to develop and provide to the Joint Committee on Mutual Recognition of
Professional Qualifications (“MRA Committee”) established under Article 26.2.1(b)
joint recommendations on proposed MRAs.
2. A recommendation shall provide an assessment of the potential value of an MRA, on
the basis of criteria such as the existing level of market openness, industry needs, and
business opportunities, for example, the number of professionals likely to benefit
from the MRA, the existence of other MRAs in the sector, and expected gains in
terms of economic and business development. In addition, it shall provide an
assessment as to the compatibility of the licensing or qualification regimes of the
Parties and the intended approach for the negotiation of an MRA.
3. The MRA Committee shall, within a reasonable period of time, review the
recommendation with a view to ensuring its consistency with the requirements of this
Chapter. If these requirements are satisfied, the MRA Committee shall establish the
necessary steps to negotiate and each Party shall inform its respective relevant
authorities of these steps.
4. The negotiating entities shall thereafter pursue the negotiation and submit a draft
MRA text to the MRA Committee.
5. The MRA Committee will thereafter review the draft MRA to ensure its consistency
with this Agreement.
6. If in the view of the MRA Committee the MRA is consistent with this Agreement,
the MRA Committee shall adopt the MRA by means of a decision, which is
conditional upon subsequent notification to the MRA Committee by each Party of
the fulfilment of its respective internal requirements. The decision becomes binding
on the Parties upon that notification to the MRA Committee by each Party.