Standards in Trade Workshop on Enquiry Point Operations
Jul 19-23, 2004 ( 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 19-23. 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.
Nineteen representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China participated in the one week training workshop. The objectives of the workshop were to (1) Gain an understanding of Inquiry Point responsibilities under the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT); (2) Learn how to establish or improve national Inquiry Point operations and how to establish or improve national standards information distribution; (3) Learn how to meet Notification Authority responsibilities; and (4) Learn how to use resources - including staff, reference collection, 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.
- Gain an understanding of Enquiry Point responsibilities under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).
- Learn how to establish or improve national Enquiry Point operations and how to establish or improve national standards information distribution.
- Learn how to meet Notification Authority responsibilities.
- Learn how to use resources - including staff, reference collection, computer products, databases, and Internet services - to distribute standards information.
Ministry of Development Cambodia Department of Industrial Standards of Cambodia (ISC) China China WTO/TBT National Notification Authority and Enquiry Point Indonesia The National Standardization Agency of Indonesia (BSN) Laos Science, Technology and Environment Agency (STEA) Malaysia SIRIM Berhad Philippines Department of Trade and Industry Singapore Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING Singapore) Thailand Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) Vietnam Metrology and Quality Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ)