on sanitary and phytosanitary measures
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about SPS’s “three sisters” — the international
> Codex Alimentarius
> World Organization for Animal Health
> International Plant Protection Convention
The workshop focused on the procedures and issues before the Codex, IPPC, and OIE (“three sisters”), and how to ensure effective coordination with the work of the SPS committee. Representatives of the three sisters made presentations and contributed to the discussions.
Representatives of Members, Observers and Observer Organizations
were all invited to participate in the workshop as well as the subsequent meetings of the SPS Committee. Fifty
officials from least-developed and developing countries who were involved with
the issues addressed in the workshop, had their participation in the workshop funded by WTO.
The objectives of the workshop were:
- To examine the procedures and issues faced by Codex, IPPC and OIE in the development, adoption and monitoring of the use of international standards of relevance to the SPS Committee; and
- To discuss concrete actions to improve coordination between the Committee and the three sisters, and to increase effectiveness and avoid the duplication of efforts.
The workshop attempted to identify concrete actions to:
- Enhance the coordination between the Committee and three sisters, and between the three sisters;
- Increase the use and usefulness of international standards;
- Avoid unnecessary duplication of effort; and
- Ensure that the standard-setting process is in line with the implementation of the SPS Agreement, and facilitates trade in agriculture and food products.
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biosecurity tool kit
> IPPC dispute settlement manual
What is the STDF?
The Standards and Trade Development Facility is a joint initiative
of the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, World Bank,
World Organization for Animal Health and Food and Agriculture
Organization. The facility acts as a forum for sharing information on
past, present and planned technical co-operation activities related to
sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures. It also provides grant
financing for projects and for the preparation of projects aiming to
enhance developing countries’ capacity to meet SPS standards.