In July 1995, Tunisia was the first Mediterranean country to sign an Association Agreement with the EU. The agreement established a free trade area, liberalising two-way trade in industrial products and progressively liberalising two-way trade in others. There are also provisions on quotas, the provision of services, movement of capital, competition and intellectual property. The EU and Tunisia have also adopted the EU-Tunisia Dispute Settlement Mechanism Protocol, which entered into force in 2011. Tunisia is also part of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership between the EU and a number of other Mediterranean countries which aims to create a Euro-Mediterranean free trade area. After Brexit, it is expected that the above provisions will be replicated for UK-Tunisia trade relations.
Tunisia is currently embracing ISO 9001 standards. The National Institute for Standardization and Industrial Property (INNORPI) is responsible for establishing national standards and has instituted ISO 14000 certification procedures. The Tunisian Accreditation Council (TUNAC) is the national accreditation agency. TUNAC evaluates and accredits conformity assessment bodies (i.e. inspection and certification bodies) in accordance with relevant national and international standards.