15.4 At the latest at the end of the third year from the date of the WTO agreement`s entry into force and at the end of each three-year period that follows, the Committee reviews the progress and implementation of the agreement, including the transparency provisions, to recommend an adaptation of the rights and obligations of this agreement. , to the extent necessary to ensure a reciprocal economic benefit and a balance of rights and obligations. without prejudice to the provisions of Article 12. In light of, among other things, the experience gained in implementing the agreement, the committee submits proposals for amendments to the Product Council, if necessary. In accordance with Article 1, this agreement applies to all industrial and agricultural products, with the exception of services, sanitary and plant health measures (as defined in the agreement on the application of sanitary and plant health measures) and „purchase specifications established by public authorities for production or consumption needs“ (Article 1.4). [2] 11.6 Members who are members or participants in international or regional compliance assessment systems advise, upon request, other members, particularly members of the developing country, and provide them with technical assistance on agreed terms with respect to the creation of institutions and the legal framework that would enable them to meet the conditions for membership or participation in these systems. Specific provisions and differentiated in the legal texts: 10.11 However, if, for legal or administrative reasons, the responsibility for notification procedures is divided between two or more central authorities, the member concerned communicates to the other members complete and clear information on the area of responsibility of each of these authorities. The CTA ensures that technical regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary trade barriers. The agreement prohibits technical requirements that are created to restrict trade, contrary to technical requirements created for legitimate purposes, such as consumer or environmental protection. [1] Its objective is to avoid unnecessary barriers to international trade and to recognize all WTO members in order to protect legitimate interests on the basis of their regulatory autonomy, although they encourage the application of international standards. The list of legitimate interests that may justify a trade restriction is not exhaustive and covers the protection of the environment, health and safety of people and animals.

[1] 10.7 When a member has reached an agreement with another country or country on issues relating 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 that must be 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. Most WTO agreements are the result of the 1986-1994 Uruguay Round negotiations, which were signed at the ministerial meeting in Marrakech in April 1994. There are about 60 agreements and decisions with a total length of 550 pages. The original Merchandise Trade Agreement, now incorporated into the 1994 GATT (see above) Explanatory Notes Download full text in Word format > (6 pages; 104 KB) > pdf format (22 pages; 117KB) 3.