New countries admitted to the Hague Conference

Four new countries: Dominican Republic, Colombia, Kazakhstan and Lebanon, have been admitted to the Hague Conference on Private International Law. This achievement will facilitate the commercial and political relationship with the member states of the above mentioned organization.

What is the Hague Conference?

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is the World Organization for Cross-border Co-operation in Civil and Commercial Matters. Its main aim is to contribute to the progressive unification of the rules of private international law through multilateral treaties, also called “Hague Conventions”.

How many countries are there now?

The list of members has been increased from 82 members (81 + the EU) to 86 members. The Kazakhstan admission has taken place on the 14th June 2017. Dominican Republic, Colombia and Lebanon have been admitted by affirmative vote of the members by majority, but they still need to accept the Statute to become a Member State.

The aforementioned countries will become official members of the organization. The accession will facilitate some procedures, including trading of the goods between members. While Kazakhstan, Colombia or Dominican Republic signed already numerous agreements, such as Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (also known as The Apostille Convention), the accession will facilitate Lebanon to enter the list member of this Convention.

Hague Convention and Free Sales Certificates

Obelis Group offers a complete range of CE marking and notification services, including the Free Sales Certificate (FSC) Service. An FSC (also FTC or Certificate for Export) is an international export document which is intended to serve as evidence that the goods meet the health and safety requirements of the exporting market. It enables the devices to penetrate the market of the relevant country and be freely sold to the public. The Hague Apostille Convention abolishes the requirement of diplomatic and consular legalization of public documents originating in one Convention country and intended for use in another Convention country.

If you want to know more about the Hague Conference and exporting medical devices to foreign markets, please do not hesitate to contact us!, Obelis Experts, having extensive experience in EU Regulations, will gladly answer any question you may have and assist you in obtaining Free Sales Certificate. To learn more about this extra service, please feel free to visit our FSC page.

Victor Pastor Martin

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