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									   Strategies for Handling
Notifications at National Level
  – the Experience of China

                 Yang Song

         Deputy Division Director
   WTO/SPS National Enquiry Point of China
    the Experience of China on
          Transparency
1. SPS System
2. Notifying SPS Measures of China
3. Handling Notifications from Other Members
4. Dealing with SPS Enquires
5. The Website of SPS Notification & Enquiry
6. Difficulties faced
    the Experience of China on
          Transparency
1. SPS System
      1. SPS System of China
 government authorities involved
  • General Administration of Quality Supervision,
    Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)
  • Ministry of Commerce
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Health
  • Certification and Accreditation Administration of
    China
  • The State Food and Drug Administration
  • The State Forestry Administration
              1. SPS System
 The Inter-Ministerial Coordination
  Mechanism on TBT and SPS Measures
  • Established in 2002
  • Led by AQSIQ
  • To promote coordination on:
     The implementation of SPS Agreement
     SPS related training
     Commenting on notifications that have crucial impact
      on the trade (Positive List, Anti-terrorism, etc.)
      1. SPS System of China
 The SPS National Enquiry Point
  Established in AQSIQ to coordinate the
  notification, enquiry and comment issues
  domestically
 The Notification Authority
  Established in the Ministry of Commerce to
  submit notifications
    the Experience of China on
          Transparency
1. SPS System
2. Notifying SPS Measures of China
2. Notifying SPS Measures of China
 Drafting of new SPS measure - competent authority
 Deciding whether to notify or not - competent
  authority
 Filling out the notification form in both English and
  Chinese - the competent authority
 Submitting the notification to SPS Enquiry Point
 Reviewing the notification - SPS Enquiry Point
 Submitting to the Notification Authority
 Submitting to WTO - through the Permanent
  Mission of China in Geneva
2. Notifying SPS Measures of China

241 SPS notifications including:
   •140 notifications according to the Accession
   Commitment
   •95 notifications on new SPS measures
   •6 addendum notifications
Improvement
   The awareness of the importance of notification
   is increasing among competent authorities
     the Experience of China on
           Transparency
1. SPS System
2. Notifying SPS Measures of China

3. Handling Notifications from Other Members
 3. Handling Notifications from Other
              Members
 Receiving and translating notifications - SPS
  Enquiry Point
 Selecting notifications to comment- SPS Enquiry
  Point
 Distributing notifications to relevant authorities
     Both electronic version and paper version
 SPS Notification Newsletter – including all
  notifications, published every two weeks
 Notifications and their Chinese translation also
  available on the website of the SPS Enquiry Point
3. Handling Notifications from Other
             Members
 Studying and making comments on notifications -
  Expert group established by relevant Chinese
  government authorities related to SPS issues
 Collecting comments - SPS Enquiry Point
 Examining comments – AQSIQ
 Translating the final comments into English and
  submitting to the notification Member - the Enquiry
  Point
 Coordination
  • Important notifications
  • Disagreement on comment
3. Handling Notifications from Other
             Members
 Receiving responses - SPS Enquiry Point
 Feedback for reference or further comment
     the Experience of China on
           Transparency
1. SPS System
2. Notifying SPS Measures of China

3. Handling Notifications from Other Members

4. Dealing with SPS Enquires
    4. Dealing with SPS Enquires

 The SPS Enquiry Point is responsible to
  answer reasonable questions asked by
  domestic and foreign government authorities,
  industries and other stakeholders.
 During the 4 years after the Accession, it
  have received and answered more than
  1100 enquiries and the number of enquiries
  is increasing year by year.
     the Experience of China on
           Transparency
1. SPS System
2. Notifying SPS Measures of China
3. Handling Notifications from Other Members
4. Dealing with SPS Enquires
5. The Website of SPS Notification & Enquiry
  of China
5. The Website of SPS Notification &
         Enquiry of China
 Functions
  • Provide information on proposals notified by all
    WTO Members including China
  • Provide information on SPS measures of China
    and other Members, including laws, regulations,
    decrees, standards and etc.
  • A channel for comment online
  • A channel for enquiry online
5. The Website of SPS Notification &
         Enquiry of China
 Contents
  Dozens of databases:
  • Notifications from China
  • Notifications from other members
  • Laws, regulations, decrees, standards and etc.
  • Risk alert system
  • Analysis reports
5. The Website of SPS Notification &
         Enquiry of China
 The website is established in 2003, and
  available to government authorities,
  industries and other stakeholders
 Feed back by users - informative and useful
 630,000 visits total, 270,000 in 2005
   www.tbt-sps.gov.cn
     the Experience of China on
           Transparency
1. SPS System
2. Notifying SPS Measures of China
3. Handling Notifications from Other Members
4. Dealing with SPS Enquires
5. The Website of SPS Notification & Enquiry
  of China
6. Difficulties faced
             4. Difficulties faced
 Translation
  •   Large amount – notifications and full texts
  •   Costly for both money and time
  •   Unpopular languages
  •   Solution - share informal translations
  •   Problem - not a common practice
          4. Difficulties faced
 Commenting period
  • Some notifications less than 60 days
  • Request for extending with no answer
          4. Difficulties faced
 The initiative to make comments
  • As a new Member of WTO, there is not much
    awareness of the importance of making
    comments on notifications from other Members.
    Especially industries should be involved more
    deeply.
  • the training of industries should be
    strengthened.
  • Experience sharing on commenting encouraged.

								
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