International Regulations and Standards Division
United States Official World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary and
Phytosanitary (SPS) Enquiry Point and Notification Authority
Office. Lead agency on development of U.S. Government positions in SPS matters and
activities related to SPS domestic and foreign notifications and enquiries
to the WTO.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS AND OTHER TRADE-RELATED
- Participate in the WTO and NAFTA SPS/TBT Committees and other
trade-related Committees: Participate as member of multi-agency U.S.
Delegations to the World Trade Organization Committee on Sanitary and
Phytosanitary Measures (WTO SPS Committee) and Committee on Technical
Barriers to Trade (WTO TBT Committee), NAFTA SPS/TBT Committees, FTA,
FTAAs and other trade related activities to ensure US influence, and to
promote consistency among WTO member countries in the application of the
SPS Agreements related to safety measures (standards and controls)
pertaining to foods moving in international commerce.
TRADE CAPACITY BUILDING
- Strengthen Scientific Collaboration With Foreign Governments:
Promote Scientific/Technical Exchanges with Appropriate Foreign
Countries – Advocate scientific collaboration with appropriate foreign
governments and international organizations to enhance the scientific
foundation and information base and enforcement decisions of U.S. food
and agriculture WTO trading partners. To foster and enhance the ability
of foreign governments to base regulatory decisions on sound science.
- Strengthen Participation in Codex: Participate in key
committees of the Codex Alimentarius, through improved
coordination with the U.S. Codex office, and other U.S. regulatory and
trade agencies, in order to elaborate and promote development of
science-based, international food safety standards.
- Participate in other standard setting bodies to enhance the
development of consistent, transparent, food safety standards and import
EDUCATIONAL POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
- Developed to promote a better understanding of the obligations set
forth in the SPS Agreement, Transparency Provisions, international
standards setting organizations, the TBT Agreement related to food and
agricultural products, and foster a better understanding of U.S. and
foreign countries domestic policy.