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WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT)

Technical regulations, product standards and conformity assessment procedures may vary from country to country. Having many different regulations and standards makes life difficult for producers and exporters. If regulations are set arbitrarily, they will differ and add difficulty and cost to international trade. They might also be used as an excuse for protectionism.

The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade of the World Trade Organization (WTO) aims to ensure that technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures are non-discriminatory and do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade, while also providing members with the right to implement measures to achieve legitimate policy objectives, such as the protection of human health and safety, or protection of the environment.

Links between the BIPM and the WTO-TBT:

    The BIPM has been granted ad hoc observer status at the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade, and attends its meetings which are held typically three times a year in Geneva.

BIPM contact(s):
WTO-TBT contact(s):
  • Mr Erik Wikjström, Trade and Environment Division
  • Ms Una Flanagan, Trade and Environment Division