Agreement Technical Barriers

2.1 Members ensure that products imported from one member`s territory are not treated less favourably than similar products of domestic origin and similar products originating in another country. 5.1 Members ensure that, in cases where positive assurance of compliance with technical standards or requirements is required, their central government bodies apply the following provisions to products originating in the territory of other members: that a measure be a technical regulation and not a standard centred on the fact that it is “mandatory”. 10.1.1 any technical regulations adopted or proposed on their territory by central or local authorities, by non-governmental bodies legally empowered to enforce technical regulations, or by regional standards bodies of which these bodies are members or participants; The CTA ensures that technical regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary trade barriers. The agreement prohibits technical requirements that are created to restrict trade, contrary to technical requirements created for legitimate purposes, such as consumer or environmental protection. [1] Its objective is to avoid unnecessary barriers to international trade and to recognize all WTO members in order to protect legitimate interests on the basis of their regulatory autonomy, although they encourage the application of international standards. The list of legitimate interests that may justify a trade restriction is not exhaustive and covers the protection of the environment, health and safety of people and animals. [1] 12.3 In the development and application of technical rules, standards and compliance assessment procedures, members take into account the specific development, financing and trade needs of developing countries to ensure that these technical rules, standards and compliance assessment procedures do not create unnecessary barriers to exporting from developing countries. 11.3 Members take, upon request, the appropriate measures at their disposal to advise the supervisory bodies on their territory, the other members, in particular the members of the developing country, to advise, and provide them with technical assistance on terms agreed upon with respect to: where international standards exist, members use them as the basis of their technical regulations. , standards and procedures for assessing compliance, unless, in certain circumstances (for example. B for climatic or technological reasons), their use appears unfit or ineffective to achieve the objective pursued (s. 2.4, 5.4 and Appendix 3.D). [2] 11.8 In terms of advice and technical assistance to other members covered by paragraphs 1 to 7, members prioritize the needs of the least developed countries.

The Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (CTA) aims to ensure that technical rules, standards and compliance assessment procedures are not discriminatory and do not create unnecessary barriers to trade.