WTO’s Work on Private Standards. Gretchen H. Stanton Senior Counsellor Agriculture and Commodities Division WTO. Chronology of Discussions on Private Standards. June 2005. October 2006. March 2007. June 2007.
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Gretchen H. Stanton
Agriculture and Commodities Division
St. Vincent and the Grenadines raised concern in SPS Committee about EurepGAP certification for bananas
SPS Committee discussed private standards as trade concerns
UNCTAD/ WTO joint Information Session on Private Standards and discussions in SPS Com. as specific agenda item
WTO Information Session with participation of EurepGAP and UNCTAD. St. Vincent and the Grenadines requested continued discussion by SPS Committee
Members invited to present specific examples of products, markets and private standards which have created difficulties – or benefits – for their exports. UK presented study (G/SPS/GEN/802).
Information session on facilitating compliance with private standards
Committee adopts work program (G/SPS/W/230)—”Comparative Study”
Trade Creation Potential Vs. Trade Barriers
Individual Firms Schemes
E.g., Tesco Nature’s Choice, Carrefour Filière Qualité
Collective National Schemes
E.g., British Retail Consortium Global Standard – Food, Assured Food Standards
Collective International Schemes
E.g., Global Food Safety Initiative, EurepGAP, ISO 22000
(e.g., lower maximum pesticide residue levels - MRLs)
- “Blurring” of private and official requirements
... Members shall:
(G/SPS/W/230 - agreed, with changes, 9 October 2008)