NIST-PTB Workshop on WTO TBT Enquiry Point Operations
Jul 14 - 18, 2008 ( Gaithersburg, MD )
NIST's Global Standards and Information Group (GSIG) held a Standards in Trade (SIT) workshop on World Trade Organization (WTO) Inquiry Point Operations July 14-18, 2008. GSIG is home to the National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) which provides information on U.S., foreign, and international voluntary standards; government regulations; and rules of conformity assessment for non-agricultural products. NCSCI also serves as the U.S. Inquiry Point in response to obligations resulting from the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. Signatories to the WTO TBT Agreement are required to notify proposed governmental and state regulations which may significantly affect trade.
Fourteen information professionals from the in-country WTO/TBT Inquiry Points representing Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Palestine, and Jordan attended the week-long meeting held at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD. The objectives of this workshop were to gain an understanding of Inquiry Point responsibilities under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) by learning how to: establish or improve national WTO TBT Inquiry Point operations; Establish or improve national standards information distribution; meet WTO TBT Notification Authority responsibilities; and to use standards resources (including staff, reference collections, computer products, databases, and Internet services) to distribute standards information.
Participants left the workshop with a better understanding of their obligations under the WTO TBT Agreement and with ideas for best practices in setting up and running a National Standards Information Center and Inquiry Point.
- To gain an understanding of Enquiry Point responsibilities under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) by learning how to Establish or improve national WTO TBT Enquiry Point operations;
- To establish or improve national standards information distribution;
- To meet WTO TBT Notification Authority responsibilities; and
- To use standards resources (including staff, reference collections, computer products, databases, and Internet services) to distribute standards information.
|Institut Algerien de Normalisation (IANOR)|
|Egypt||Ministry of Trade and Industry|
|Jordan||Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology (JISM)|
|Morocco||Ministry of Industry|
|Palestine||Palestine Standards Institution|
|Tunisia||National Institute of Standardization and Industrial Property (INNORPI)|
|Yemen||Yemen Standardization and Metrology and Quality Control Organization|