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TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE: INFORMATION

Events, workshops and training on TBT

Events and resources listed on this page range from special information sessions of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee, to workshops, training sessions and training material.

 

Events, workshops and training 

2013

  • TBT special Committee Meeting — 7th Special meeting on Information Exchange (18 June 2013)
    Programme
    Presentations (zip file)
  • Thematic Sessions on Special and Differential Treatment and Technical Assistance; and on Conformity Assessment Procedures (2 sessions, Informal meeting, Geneva) (29 October 2013)
  • TBT Committee Regular Meeting, Geneva (30-31 October 2013)

  

2011

  • Workshop on Regulatory Cooperation between Members ( 8-9 November 2011)
    Programme
    Presentations (zip file)

2009

  • Workshop on the Role of International Standards in Economic Development (16-17 March 2009)
    Standards development contributes to improving efficiency of production. As well, the use of international standards and conformity assessment systems facilitates the conduct of international trade. Since early days, the Committee has explored ways and means of enhancing Members' awareness of, and participation in, the work of international standardizing bodies, thereby improving the implementation of the TBT Agreement. To build on this work the Committee decided, at its meeting of 5-6 November 2008, to organize a workshop on the Role of International Standards in Economic Development.
    > Opening speech by the Deputy Director-General Mr. Singh
    > Programme
    > Summary Report
    > News item

2008

  • First Specialized Course on the TBT Agreement
    (27 October - 7 November 2008)
    The purpose of this Specialized Course was to give officials working on TBT issues in capitals an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the TBT Agreement and improve their understanding of TBT-related trade issues. Twenty-five officials from developing countries and economies in transition that are Members (or Governments in accession process) have participated in the Course. The Course comprised a series of sessions and practical exercises related to the provisions of the Agreement and their implementation. The Course also provided opportunity for participants to attend and observe the 5-6 November regular meeting of the TBT Committee.
    > Programme
    > News item
     
  • Workshop on Good Regulatory Practice (18-19 March 2008)
    At the Fourth Triennial Review of the TBT Agreement, concluded in November 2006, the TBT Committee agreed to share experiences on a number of aspects relevant to good regulatory practice with a view to deepening understanding of the contribution good regulatory practice can make to the implementation of the TBT Agreement. At the March 2007 meeting, Members decided to hold a workshop in March 2008 back-to-back with the TBT Committee's regular meeting.
    Programme with links to presentations
    Summary Report by the Chairman
    News item

2007

  • TBT Workshop on Statements on the Implementation and Administration of the Agreement under Article 15.2
    (8 November 2007)
    At the Third Triennial Review, it was recommended that, in order to fulfil the obligation contained in Article 15.2 of the TBT Agreement, Members seek assistance from other Members that have done so to share their knowledge and experience in this regard.
    At the Fourth Triennial Review the Committee reiterated the importance of Members fulfilling their obligation under this article.
    Programme with links to presentations


  • Fifth Special Meeting on Procedures for Information Exchange
    (7-8 November 2007)
     The Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (the TBT Committee) agreed in 1995 to hold, on a biennial basis, “regular meetings of persons responsible for information exchange, including persons responsible for enquiry points and notifications”. These meetings are organized in order to provide Members with an opportunity to discuss issues relating to information exchange and to review periodically the functioning of notification procedures and the operation of enquiry points.
    Programme with links to presentations
    Chairman's Report

2006

  • Workshop on Different Approaches to Conformity Assessment
    (16-17 March 2006)
    At the Third Triennial Review of the TBT Agreement, concluded in November 2003, the TBT Committee agreed to a Work Programme on conformity assessment to improve Members' implementation of Articles 5-9 of the TBT Agreement and to promote a better understanding of conformity assessment systems. In particular, Members agreed to organize a workshop on the different approaches to conformity assessment, including on the acceptance of conformity assessment results.
    Programme with links to presentations
    Background Note by the Secretariat

2005 and earlier

  • TBT workshop on supplier's declaration of conformity (SDoC)
    (21 March 2005)
    A TBT Workshop on Supplier's Declaration of Conformity was held on 21 March 2005, back-to-back with the next regular meeting of the TBT Committee, as part of the TBT Committee's work programme on conformity assessment, which aims to improve Members' implementation of Articles 5-9 of the TBT Agreement and, in particular, to promote a better understanding of conformity assessment systems. This workshop was an opportunity for Members to discuss, inter alia, Members' own experiences in using SDoC as one type of conformity assessment procedure. The Workshop aimed at giving particular emphasis to the developing country perspective.
    Programme with Links to Presentations
    Chairman's Report
    Background Note by the Secretariat
     
  • Fourth Special Meeting on Procedures for Information Exchange (2-3 November 2004)
    The Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (the TBT Committee) agreed in 1995 to hold, on a biennial basis, “regular meetings of persons responsible for information exchange, including persons responsible for enquiry points and notifications”. Meetings on procedures for information exchange are organized in order to provide Members with an opportunity to discuss issues relating to information exchange and to review periodically the functioning of notification procedures and the operation of enquiry points.
    Programme with links to presentations
    Summary report of the meeting
    Background note by the Secretariat
      
  • TBT Learning Event on Labelling (21-22 October 2003)
    This Event is based on real-life case studies, with a particular focus on developing countries' concerns. It takes into account the range of labelling schemes in different sectors and with varying objectives, which could be of interest to WTO Members.
    Programme, with links to presentations
    Summary of the event