What Is Agreement On Sanitary And Phytosanitary Measures

(b) disclose confidential information which would impede the application of sanitary or phytosanitary legislation or which would prejudice the legitimate commercial interests of certain undertakings. Members are fully responsible under this Agreement for compliance with all obligations set forth herein. Members shall formulate and implement positive measures and mechanisms to support compliance with the provisions of this Agreement by entities other than the central government. Members shall take appropriate measures at their disposal to ensure that non-governmental entities in their territory and regional entities to which the entities concerned belong in their territory comply with the relevant provisions of this Convention. In addition, Members shall not take any action which would have the effect of encouraging or encouraging or encouraging, directly or indirectly, such regional or non-governmental bodies or local government bodies to act in a manner inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Members shall ensure that the services of non-governmental organizations are used for the implementation of sanitary or phytosanitary measures only if such organizations comply with the provisions of this Agreement. Although only one panel has been invited to examine sanitary or phytosanitary trade disputes in the 47 years of previous GATT dispute settlement procedures, ten complaints were formally filed in the first three years of the SPS Agreement concerning new commitments. This is not surprising since, for the first time, the agreement clarifies the basis for challenging sanitary or phytosanitary measures that restrict trade and may not be scientifically justified. The challenges covered topics as diverse as inspection and quarantine procedures, animal diseases, consumption data, the use of veterinary drugs in animal husbandry and beverage disinfection treatments. Dispute resolution bodies were invited to review four of the complaints; the remaining complaints have been or are expected to be resolved as a result of the mandatory bilateral consultation procedure […].

October 14, 2021

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