SANITARY & PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES:
WORKSHOP Ś 15-16 OCTOBER 2012
Workshop on the transparency provisions of the SPS Agreement
The Secretariat of the World Trade Organization organized a special workshop on the transparency provisions of the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, 15 October 2012 and in the morning of Tuesday, 16 October 2012. The workshop was followed by informal and formal meetings of the SPS Committee, lasting until Friday, 19 October 2012.
The workshop was intended to be a highly interactive, "hands-on" training event focussing in particular on the use of the SPS Information Management System (SPS IMS) and on the system for the on-line submission of SPS notifications (SPS NSS).
Representatives from the Codex Alimentarius, the World Organization for Animal Health and the International Plant Protection Convention provided information on their online tools that could be helpful to Members. The workshop also benefitted from the presentation by government officials from Morocco and Costa Rica on their national experience with regards to the submission of SPS notifications through the SPS NSS.
Monday, 15 October 2012
10.00 – 10.15
10.15 – 10.45
Session I: Introduction
Speakers: Gretchen Stanton, Javier Ocampo, WTO Secretariat
Overview of transparency provisions in the SPS Agreement and of relevant Committee/Ministerial Decisions