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SPS: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures are often necessary to protect human, animal and plant life or health, including to protect them from risks arising from imported goods. Such measures should be based on the WTO SPS Agreement, international standards, recommendations or guidelines or be based on scientific principles. However, third countries often impose unjustified SPS measures in a way that the SPS measure negatively affects the EU exports of agriculture and fishery products.

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News

  • SPS Newsletter July 2013
    SPS Market Access reports on WTO SPS Committee, EU financing standard setting bodies, the 81th OIE General Session in Paris, and the SPS Market Access Working Group meeting.
    29 Jul 2013
  • Business, trade and the WTO
    Follow the link to this WTO Internet Website below in "Links" - Business, trade and the WTO have always been closely connected. The biggest beneficiary of transparent and predictable trade rules and obligations is the private sector. Without business, there would be no trade and no WTO. Business is an important interlocutor for both governments and the WTO. It is actively involved in the multilateral trading system and participates in public activities of the WTO.
    28 Feb 2013
  • Flash Note - Thailand amends its import conditions on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) - Feb 2013
    Since 2001, Thailand applies an import ban on animals and a range of animal products where it considered there was a risk of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The European Commission expressed its concerns on these measures as they were overly trade restrictive going beyond the international standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The EU welcomes the recent notification from Thailand on amended import conditions related to BSE which should now facilitate exports of bovine products from the EU. Therefore, the European Commission strongly welcomes this change and encourages Thailand to bring also other remaining trade disruptive import conditions on animals and animal products in line with international standards.
    26 Feb 2013

SPS Seminar news

  • LABELLING SEMINARS, meat, dairy, fishery prodcuts - Brazil (3 July 2013)
    In Brazil, labels of imported products of animal origin have to be registered in a process which also covers SPS requirements. On 3 July 2013, in Brussels, experts from the Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (MAPA) made three presentations about such requirements in the meat, dairy and fishery products sectors.
    09 Dec 2013

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