technical barriers to trade

Conformity assessment procedures

WTO members' use of conformity assessment procedures (CAPs) is a key area of work for the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee. CAPs are used to determine whether products fulfil the requirements established by relevant technical regulations or standards, and are vital for trust in trade.

Relevant documents

  • Report by Mr. Anwar Hussain Shaik (India) to the TBT Committee – 21-23 June 2023 G/TBT/GEN/355
  • Decisions and Recommendations G/TBT/1/Rev.15
  • 9th Triennial Review G/TBT/46
  • 8th Triennial Review G/TBT/41

Guidelines for conformity assessment procedures

WTO members are currently working on drafting guidelines for conformity assessment procedures based on a mandate from the TBT Committee.

Thematic sessions related to CAPs

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Ninth Triennial Review

  • Report, activities and background information are here.

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