Special Meeting on Procedures for Information Exchange

(2-3 November 2004)

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DAY ONE — 2 November 2004




Opening remarks

Mr. Sudhakar Dalela, Chairman of the TBT Committee



Prior to Notifications

The aim of this session is to exchange experiences on how Members:

  • Ensure coordination at national level;

  • share information on the development of technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures, for instance by publishing a notice in a publication at an early appropriate stage, to enable interested parties in other Members to become acquainted with them; and

  • use electronic databases, for instance newsletters, alerts or web alerts, to facilitate transparency.


Mrs. Ana María Vallina, Chile

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Ms. Anne Meininger, United States

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Moderator: Mr. Ahmed Maghawri Diab, Egypt



Preparation and Submission of Notifications

The aim of this session is to exchange experiences on how Members:

  • Comply with notification obligations, including at sub-national level, also with respect to the timing of notifications, so that these are made early enough and leave sufficient time for comments;

  • complete the notification formats;

  • use electronic tools to facilitate the preparation and submission of notifications; and

  • share translated documents.


Ms. Andrea Spencer, Canada

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Mrs. Devitra Maharaj-Dash, Trinidad and Tobago

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Mrs. Rampaipan Nakasatis, Thailand

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Moderator: Mr. Juan Antonio Dorantes Sanchez, Mexico



General Discussion



Processing and Circulation of Notifications

The aim of this session is to illustrate:

  • How notifications are processed by the WTO Secretariat; and

  • how to use the WTO web-site, the TBT web-site, the CRN Database.

Panellists: WTO Secretariat

Mrs. Stefania Bernabè

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Mr. John Dickson



Handling of Comments

The aim of this session is to exchange experiences on the handling of comments received, including the possibility of sharing them on a voluntary basis.


Mr. Cyril Hanquez, European Communities

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Moderator: Ms. Grace Tanno, Brazil



Transparency obligations under the Code of Good Practice

The aim of this session is to is to share experiences on:

  • How standardizing bodies comply with the transparency obligations set out in the Code of Good Practice, including the publication of notices as set out in paragraph J; and

  • the work of the ISO/IEC Information Centre.


Ms. Salmah Mohd. Nordin, Malaysia

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Mr. Evgueni Patrikeev, ISO

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Moderator: Mr. Tobias Nussbaum, Canada


General Discussion


DAY TWO — 3 November 2004


The Functioning of Enquiry Points

The aim of this session is for Members:

  • To exchange experience on how enquiry points established under Articles 10.1-10.3 answer enquiries from other Members and interested parties in other Members, as well as provide the relevant documents; and

  • to share information on any other services provided by TBT enquiry points.


Ms. Annalina Camboim, Brazil

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Mrs. Guo Lisheng, China

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Mr. N'Dungu Evanson, Kenya

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Moderator: Mrs. María Eugenia Mesa, Colombia



Benefiting from the Transparency provisions: Dissemination of Information

The aim of this session is to exchange experiences on:

  • The dissemination of notifications from other Members to domestic interested parties (e.g. industry) and the use of electronic tools to facilitate such dissemination;

  • the treatment of any feed-back received from domestic parties; and

  • the preparation of comments on other Members' regulations (including the language used for comments).


Mrs. Danielle Schont Avenel, Mexico

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Mr. Ming- Shan CHEN, Chinese Taipei

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Mr. George Opiyo, Uganda

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Moderator: Ms. Suzanne Troje, United State


General Discussion and Concluding Remarks