Published on July 03, 2019
This publication explores how the WTO promotes opportunities for international regulatory cooperation (IRC) between WTO members, focusing on the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Agreements and their related Committees.
The WTO plays an important role in supporting efforts to facilitate trade through regulatory cooperation:
In particular, the SPS and TBT Agreements:
To support implementation and operation of these disciplines, the SPS and TBT Committees provide a forum for countries to learn about each other’s regulatory systems, discuss draft and implemented regulations affecting international trade, raise “specific trade concerns” on draft measures that may create unnecessary obstacles to trade, and adopt guidance tools to better and more efficiently implement specific provisions of the SPS and TBT Agreements.
This publication was jointly prepared by the OECD and the WTO Secretariats in the framework of OECD work on international regulatory cooperation and is part of a series of studies started in 2014 within the Partnership of International Organisations in support of Effective International Rulemaking (IO Partnership).