Tbt Agreement Article 5

6.3 Members are encouraged to be willing, at the request of other members, to enter into negotiations for mutual recognition agreements on the results of mutual compliance assessment procedures. Members may require these agreements to meet the criteria set out in paragraph 1 and to satisfy each other`s opportunities to facilitate trade in the products concerned. 10.7 When a member has reached an agreement with another country or country on issues related to technical regulations, standards or compliance assessment procedures that could have a significant impact on trade, at least one member of the agreement informs the other members, through the secretariat, of the food products covered by the agreement and a brief description of the agreement. Concerned members are invited to consult with other members on request to conclude similar agreements or to organize their participation in these agreements. 3. Citizens of the parties to the dispute cannot be heard by a group of technical experts without the common agreement of the parties to the dispute, unless the panel considers that the need for scientific expertise cannot be met by other means. Government officials of the parties to the dispute are not allowed to sit in a panel of technical experts. Members of technical expert groups perform their individual duties and are not representatives of the government or representatives of an organization. Governments or organizations therefore do not instruct them on the issues in front of a group of technical experts.

5.2 When applying the provisions of paragraph 1, members ensure that: H. The standard-setting body located on the territory of a Member State does everything in its power to avoid duplication or duplication with other standards bodies on the national territory or with the work of the international or regional standards bodies concerned. They are also doing everything in their power to reach a national consensus on the standards they have developed. Similarly, the regional standards organization strives to avoid duplication or duplication with the work of the relevant international standards bodies. 10.3.2 Proposed compliance assessment procedures or assessment procedures are implemented on their territory by non-governmental or regional agencies of which these agencies are members or participants; 3.1 Members take appropriate measures to ensure that these agencies comply with the provisions of Article 2, with the exception of the notification requirement under Article 2, paragraph 9.2, and paragraph 10.1. The institution or system whose composition is open to at least all members. 5.2.1 Compliance assessment procedures are implemented and completed as quickly as possible and in no less favourable order for products originating from members other than similar domestic products; 12.4 Members recognize that members of developing countries, although international standards, guides or recommendations can be implemented under their particular technological and socio-economic conditions, adopt certain technical rules, standards or compliance assessment procedures in order to preserve domestic technologies and production methods that are compatible with their development needs. Members therefore recognize that members in developing countries should not be expected to use international standards as the basis for their technical regulations or standards, including testing methods, that are not adapted to their development, financing and trade needs.