TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE
Information on notification alert system ePing
Given the high volume and diversity of SPS/TBT notifications circulated, reaching more than 4,000 in 2017, it can be a challenge for stakeholders to track and react to evolving product requirements in a timely manner. In the context of the 7th Triennial Review completed in December 2015, the TBT Committee requested the Secretariat to develop an online alert system for notifications, in cooperation with other organizations. In response, the WTO Secretariat joined forces with UNDESA and ITC for the development and maintenance of a new SPS/TBT notification alert system called ePing. The publicly available system was launched in November 2016. ePing's email alert service allows registered users to receive SPS/TBT notifications of particular interest to them based on criteria such as products covered or export markets. The system also offers a number of additional features such as the Enquiry Point management tool and discussion fora, with a view to facilitating dialogue among public and private stakeholders in addressing potential trade problems at an early stage. Since its launch, ePing has seen a steady rise in subscribers from both the public and private sectors.
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