The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement aims to ensure that technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures are non-discriminatory and do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade. At the same time, it recognises WTO members' right to implement measures to achieve legitimate policy objectives, such as the protection of human health and safety, or protection of the environment. The TBT Agreement strongly encourages members to base their measures on international standards as a means to facilitate trade. Through its transparency provisions, it also aims to create a predictable trading environment. Annex 3 of the TBT Agreement is the Code of Good Practice for the Preparation, Adoption and Application of Standards which is also known as the WTO TBT Code of Good Practice.

Under the TBT Agreement, WTO Members shall ensure that their central government standardizing bodies accept and comply with this Code of Good Practice, and  take reasonable measures to ensure that local government, non-governmental and regional standardizing bodies also accept and comply.

Further information on the TBT Agreement

Standardizing bodies having accepted the WTO TBT Code of Good Practice

This gateway provides information on the Standardizing bodies that have accepted the WTO TBT Code and their work programmes

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