Worldwide | General Product Compliance

WTO published the 3rd edition of its TBT Report

A new report on the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) was published recently by the World Trade Organization

In today’s age, almost all markets around the world are covered with their own or overlapping regulations. How is it still possible not to lose track of the large number of regulations and standards?

The World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs UNDESA and the International Trade Center ITC, which jointly developed and currently operate the ePing system, are providing a remedy.

Based on the 1994 WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, WTO members are obliged to notify other member states of new regulations and standards in advance and to enable them to comment on the specific regulation. The ePing platform facilitates this through the notification and comment functions. The notifications, which according to one’s needs, can also be filtered by markets and product categories, are categorized according to technical trade barriers (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS).

The system aims to ensure that product requirements in regulations and standards (on safety, quality, health, etc.), as well as procedures for assessing product compliance with such requirements (testing, inspection, accreditation, etc.), are not unjustifiably discriminatory and/or do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade.

Due to the constantly increasing number of new regulations and standards, the ePing system fulfills an important clarity function and thus contributes significantly to globalization.

The aim of the Report is to assist public understanding of the TBT Agreement.  It also sets out the key principles of the TBT Agreement and discusses how these have been addressed in recent key disputes brought under this Agreement.

For questions and requests please contact our EFS Product Compliance Team.


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