technical barriers to trade
Thematic Session on Digital Solutions for Conformity Assessment Procedures
TBT Thematic Sessions
Hybrid 08/03/2022 - 15:00
WTO Members and stakeholders will share views on the use of digital solutions for conformity certificates and quality infrastructure activities. The aim is to increase understanding of Member efforts to promote the digitalisation of trade processes, and notably of conformity certificates, and provide an opportunity to discuss digital regulatory approaches.
- How have new technologies enabled the adoption of digital solutions for conformity assessment? What is the role of the private sector and other stakeholders (NGOs, civil society, etc) here? What are the challenges for developing Members in the adoption and application of such digital solutions, given in particular costs, complexity and the ever-evolving nature of new digital technologies?
- How can digital legal, regulatory and technological approaches (e.g., blockchain, single window, e-transferrable records, remote conformity assessment, etc.) be implemented in accordance with core TBT principles and good regulatory practice? What's the role in particular of international standard-setting activities here?
- Electronic certificates of conformity are considered one of the possible digital solutions for improving conformity assessment. What have Members learned in their efforts to promote electronic certificates of conformity and other digital solutions? What to do, and what not to do?