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TBT Committee

Meeting as the TBT Committee, Members are trying to find pragmatic ways to implement the TBT Agreement — ways that will make its implementation more effective. They agreed to accelerate the task after the WTO’s summer break in August.

Once again, health featured heavily in the discussion of specific trade concerns (STCs), the committee’s core activity in monitoring how members are implementing the agreement. Other topics ranged from tobacco products, food labelling, genetically modified organisms, greenhouse gases and telecommunications equipment.

The committee also examined ways of improving an activity that is vital for its work — the way members share information with each other on technical standards and regulations (through “notifications”), and provide each other an opportunity to comment on new or proposed measures. The EU has proposed establishing common criteria for the use of notification formats.

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