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Issues covered by the WTO’s committees and agreements

TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE: INFORMATION

TBT official documents

Work on technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment procedures in the WTO is handled by the TBT Committee, which reports to the Council for Trade in Goods. Discussions are officially recorded in summary reports (minutes) of the Committee’s meetings and in its annual reviews.

Use the links below to search for TBT documents, or go to the TBT Information Management System, which offers a wide range of search criteria. Subscribe here to receive TBT documents by e-mail, usually once a week.

 

Work in the TBT Committee

The TBT Agreement stipulates that the Committee shall review:

  • annually the implementation and operation of the Agreement taking into account its objectives.
  • at the end of each three-year period, the operation and implementation of the Agreement, including the provisions relating to transparency, with a view to recommending an adjustment of the rights and obligations of the Agreement where necessary.

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  • Minutes of regular meetings of the TBT Committee (Document code G/TBT/M/*)    > search
  • Annual reports of the TBT Committee (Document code varies)    > search
  • Annual reviews of the implementation and operation of the Agreement (Document code varies)    > search
  • Triennial reviews of the implementation and operation of the Agreement (Document code varies)    > search
  • Decisions and recommendations adopted by the TBT Committee since 1 January 1995 (Document code G/TBT/1/Rev*)    > search

  

Other official TBT documents

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TBT documents use the code G/TBT/* (where * takes additional values)
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help with downloading these documents

  • Working documents of the TBT Committee (Document code G/TBT/W/*)    > search
  • Monthly lists of notifications prepared by the Secretariat since January 2001(searches for document code G/TBT/GEN/N/*)    > search

Notifications related to the Code of Good Practice for the Preparation, Adoption and Application of Standards 

  • Notifications of acceptance of the Code by standardizing bodies (2001- ) (searches for document code G/TBT/CS/N/*)    > search
  • Notifications of acceptance of the Code by standardizing bodies (1995-2000) (searches for document code G/TBT/CS/N/*)    > search
  • Complete lists of standardizing bodies that have accepted the Code since 1 January 1995 (searches for document code G/TBT/CS/2/*)    > search
  • Annual lists of standardizing bodies that have accepted the Code (searches for document code G/TBT/CS/1/*)    > search

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