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WP.29 AND ITS SUBSIDIARY TECHNICAL BODIES
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) is an international body having its headquarters at Geneva, Switzerland. Under the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) of UN-ECE, there are several groups which deal with transport related technical and administrative matters. The group WP.29 (World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations) deals with the subject of worldwide harmonization of automotive regulations.

For more information about WP.29 and its activities:
www.unece.org/trans/main/welcwp29.htm

National Standing Committee on WP.29 matters was established under the Chairmanship of the Joint Secretary, MoSRT&H. This committee establishes national policy and guidelines on the subject of harmonization of automotive regulations. With ARAI's key position as an autonomous technical institute offering homologation / type approval service to the Indian as well as overseas auto industry, Technical Secretariat to WP.29 was entrusted to ARAI in the year 2003.

Present Secretary:
Mr. A. S. Bhale
General Manager, ARAI
bhale.apx@araiindia.com

Subsidiary technical bodies and India
Recently, India has also signed the 1998 agreement, under which, the country is committed to participate in formulation of Global Technical Regulations. It is important that views of Indian auto industry as well as test agencies are transmitted with authenticated data to the respective groups under which the discussions take place. To achieve this objective, six mirror groups are formulated in India, which work on various standards under the subject. The 6 GR groups (subsidiary technical bodies of WP.29) are:

  GRPE (India) : Working Party on Pollution and Energy
  GRSG (India) : Working Party on General Safety Provisions
  GRRF (India) : Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear
  GRE (India) : Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signaling
  GRB (India) : Working Party on Noise
  GRSP (India) : Working Party on Passive Safety

The Indian working groups consist of experts from the industry, test agencies and other organizations and deliberate on various subjects / regulations falling within their purview and submit their recommendations to the national secretariat for further actions.
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