How do you ensure that your countrys consumers are
being supplied with food that is safe to eat
safe by the standards you consider
appropriate? And at the same time, how can you ensure
that strict health and safety regulations are not being
used as an excuse for protecting domestic producers?
agreement on how governments can apply food safety and
animal and plant health measures (sanitary and
phytosanitary or SPS measures) sets out the basic rules
in the WTO.
on SPS in the WTO, and official documents back to top
on this subject is handled by the SPS Committee, which reports to the
Goods Council. The work is officially recorded in the committee’s
annual reports to the General Council and in summary reports
(equivalent to minutes) of the committee’s meetings. See
the current Chairperson of the SPS Committee.
A joint initiative of the World Trade
Organization, World Health Organization, World Bank, World
Organization for Animal Health and Food and Agriculture Organization
for enhancing developing countries’ capacity to meet SPS standards.
Work includes sharing information on technical cooperation, and
finance for projects.
The SPS NSS allows for more accurate and complete notifications, and a substantial reduction in the time required for the WTO to process and circulate them. The system has been available to Members since 1 June 2011 upon request.
Interested Members are requested to send an e-mail to the Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that their National Notification Authorities can receive login names and access passwords.
As of 20 February 2013, 44 Members have requested and been given access to the system, and 24 of these have officially submitted notifications via the SPS NSS.