technical barriers to trade

Thematic Session on Digital Solutions for Conformity Assessment Procedures

TBT Thematic Sessions

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.

Guiding questions:

  • 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?



WANG Yunsong

Deputy Director General, Bureau of Quality Development, State Administration for Market Regulation (China)

National Quality Infrastructure Development and Application in the Context of Digitalization.


LIN Feng

Deputy director, China Certification & Accreditation Institute, State Administration for Market Regulation (China)

Solution of Conformity Assessment Digitalization Based on Block Chain Technology



Senior consultant of Beijing ZhongJianXie Certification Centre Co., Ltd (China)

Implementing Digital Engineering Certification and Testing to promote the High-Quality Development of Engineering Construction


Brett Hyland

Stakeholder Engagement Manager – National Association of Testing Authorities Australia (NATA) (Australia)

Foundations for future digital product conformity systems – it’s not all about technology


Lucian Cernat

Head of Global Regulatory Cooperation, TBT TBT and International Public Procurement, DG TRADE (European Commission) (European Union)

The role of new technologies in facilitating international trade: the case of electronic certificates


Gabi Kimura

Senior Marketing Manager, International Marketing, TUV Rheinland (European Union)

CERTIPEDIA: online access to certificate information


Matt Gantley

Chief Executive, United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS); Chair, International Accreditation Forum Database Management Committee (IAF Cert Search)

The role of voluntary digital certification databases to support market confidence



Warren Merkel

Leader of the Standards Services Group in the Standards Coordination Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) United States


Ninth Triennial Review

  • Report, activities and background information are here.

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