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Work on SPS in the WTO, and official documents

Work on this subject is handled by the SPS Committee, which reports to the Goods Council. The work is officially recorded in the committee’s annual reports to the General Council and in summary reports (equivalent to minutes) of the committee’s meetings.

Use the links below to search for SPS documents, or go to the SPS Information Management System, which offers a wide range of search criteria. (What is SPS-IMS?)

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Work in the SPS Committee

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  • Annual reports of the committee to the General Council (Document code varies)    > search    > help
  • Summary reports (minutes) of regular meetings of the SPS Committee (Document code G/SPS/R/*)    > search    > help
  • Decisions of the SPS Committee (Document code varies)    > search    > help


Other official SPS documents

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SPS documents use the code G/SPS/* (where * takes additional values)
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  • General documents of the SPS Committee (Document code G/SPS/GEN/*)
       > search
  • Annual round-up of specific trade concerns: Secretariat note (Document code G/SPS/GEN/204/*)    > search 
  • Working documents of the SPS Committee (Document code G/SPS/W/*)
       > search
  • Disputes (requests for consultations) involving SPS (Document code varies)     > search
  • International Harmonization: Documents on procedure to monitor harmonization (Document code varies)    > search 
  • Delegates: List of members’ representatives in the SPS Committee (Document code G/SPS/INF/*)    > search 
  • Notifications on SPS:
    Monthly list of notifications received
    (searches for document code G/SPS/GEN* and keyword “notifications”)    > search
  • The actual notifications (Document code G/SPS/N/*) 
       > search
  • Member governments’ enquiry points on SPS back to top
    For transparency, WTO members are required to notify “SPS enquiry points” and “national notification authorities”. The enquiry points are responsible for answering relevant questions in the SPS area. The notification authorities are responsible for ensuring that new or changed SPS measures are notified to the WTO.
    The latest lists can be viewed or downloaded from the Documents Online database. Look at updated information in addendum documents as well.
    Enquiry points (Document code G/SPS/ENQ/*)    > search
    Notification authorities
    (Document code G/SPS/NNA/*)    > search

You can perform more sophisticated searches from the Documents Online search facility (opens in new window) by defining multiple search criteria such as document symbol (i.e. code number), full text search or document date.