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Function and Task

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Monitoring the Implementation of the WTO/TBT and FTA/TBT Agreements

  • The TBT Central Secretariat monitors TBT notifications to relevant government bodies to ensure their compliance with the TBT Agreement.
  • The Central Secretariat has instituted the FTA/TBT Implementation Guidelines and circulated and distributed these to relevant government bodies to support the effective implementation of the FTA Agreement, and coordinates opinions on TBT issues through the TBT Management Committee comprising responsible persons from each government agency.
  • The Central Secretariat also manages a working committee that analyzes TBT notifications and develops countermeasures.
  • A total of 167 working committee members encompassing 10 fields and 65 sub-fields analyze reported technical regulations and seek countermeasures.
  • By establishing and managing a TBT research society for each major area, consisting of experts from industry, government and academic sectors, the Central Secretariat studies and analyzes trends concerning foreign technical regulations and formulates and disseminates countermeasures.
  • To be able to offer relevant information to those interested, the Central Secretariat pursues projects involving the research and analysis of foreign technical regulations.

Strengthening Global Cooperation Concerning TBT

  • The Central Secretariat regulates the FTA/TBT Committee, a consultative channel for discussing and resolving TBT issues with FTA partner countries, and promotes cooperation between trade partners in the area of TBT.
  • It also monitors FTA partner countries’ compliance with TBT-related agreements, and supports developing countries in the area of TBT.