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									 WORLD TRADE                                                                           G/TBT/GEN/31
                                                                                       9 March 2006
 ORGANIZATION
                                                                                       (06-1024)

 Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade


                          WORKSHOP ON THE DIFFERENT APPROACHES
                               TO CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT

                                                 16-17 March 2006

                                                     Programme


1.       At the Third Triennial Review of the TBT Agreement, concluded in November 2003, the
TBT Committee agreed to a Work Programme on conformity assessment to improve Members'
implementation of Articles 5-9 of the TBT Agreement and to promote a better understanding of
conformity assessment systems.1 In particular, Members agreed to organize a workshop on the
different approaches to conformity assessment, including on the acceptance of conformity assessment
results. At its March 2005 meeting, Members decided to hold this workshop in March 2006.2

2.      The workshop will be held on 16 – 17 March 2006, back-to-back with the regular meeting of
the TBT Committee on 15 March and in the afternoon of 17 March 2006. 3 The programme is
attached.

3.      It is stressed that all Members should communicate the names of their capital-based
participants (other than speakers and funded participants from developing country Members whose
names have already been communicated to the WTO), by fax or e-mail. These names should be sent
to Mrs. Inger Bauer (Fax: +41 22 739 5620, e-mail: inger.bauer@wto.org) with a copy to:
BAI@wto.org.


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         1
            "Third Triennial Review of the Operation and Implementation of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade",
11 November 2003, G/TBT/13, para. 40.
         2
            "Minutes of the Meeting of 22-23 March 2005", 24 May 2005, G/TBT/M/35, para. 57.
          3
            Participation of one capital-based expert from developing country Members has been funded by the WTO Global
Trust Fund. 91 invited developing country Members have confirmed attendance in response to the invitations issued in
December 2005. For any inquiries that funded participants may have regarding logistics, they are invited to contact
Mr. Felipe Vargas-Maza (+41 22 739 5018, logistic.unit@wto.org). For any further information regarding the substance of
this workshop, please contact Mrs. Ludivine Tamiotti (+41 22 739 5694, ludivine.tamiotti@wto.org).
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                                 – Thursday 16 March 2006 –
8:30 – 10:00                REGISTRATION

10:00 – 10:20               INTRODUCTION

Opening remarks
Mr. Margers Krams, Chairman of the TBT Committee

Overview of the TBT Committee's work on conformity assessment procedures and of the
relevant provisions of the TBT Agreement
Mrs. Ludivine Tamiotti, Trade and Environment Division, WTO Secretariat


10:20 – 13:00               SESSION I
                            CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

                  Moderator: Mr. Margers Krams (Chairman of the TBT Committee)

This session will give participants an opportunity to share experiences of conformity assessment
approaches and procedures at the national level and to address considerations that are to be taken into
account for the use of conformity assessment procedures.

                                10:20 – 11:30
 NATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE PREPARATION AND APPLICATION OF CONFORMITY
                          ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

Presenters will identify the various considerations that are relevant when deciding on the need for a
conformity assessment procedure and on the type of procedure, including costs and benefits of
alternatives, level of risk, incentives for users to comply, technical and physical infrastructure and
existing monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.

      Conformity assessment and regulations
      Mr. Peter Dennehy, Secretary of ISO/CASCO
      Existinggood regulatory practice in the area of conformity assessment in Colombia
      Mr. Ramón Madriñán, Chief Regulatory Officer, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism,
      Colombia
      Tradeimpact on manufacturers
      Mr. Robert W. Noth, Manager, Engineering Standards, Deere and Company, United States
      Conformity assessment procedures implemented by local and non-governmental bodies
      (Pursuant to Articles 7 and 8 of the TBT Agreement)
      Mr. Rafael Nava, President, Commission of Standardization and Conformity Assessment,
      Mexico
      Handlingcomplaints (Pursuant to Article 5.2.8 of the TBT Agreement)
      Ms. Anna Camboim, Manager, International Affairs, INMETRO, Brazil
      Panel   Discussion
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                                      11:30 – 12:30
                 SECTOR-SPECIFIC APPROACHES TO CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT
Speakers will identify the benefits and possible problems (including respective costs) of the different
conformity assessment approaches and will focus their presentations on specific products or sectors.

      Vehicleemission and noise standards
      Ms. Hui Chen Chien, Senior Specialist, Department of Air Quality Protection and Noise
      Control, EPA, Chinese Taipei
      Theelectricity sector
      Ms. María Juana Rivera, Technical Barriers to Trade, Ministry of Economy and Production,
      Argentina
      Implementation of voluntary conformity assessment market programs
      Mr. Wayne Morris, Vice President, Division Services, Association of Home Appliance
      Manufacturers, United States
      Canada’s experience in forest certification
      Mr. Guillaume Gignac, QMI, Senior Manager, Product Management, Canada
      Panel   Discussion
                                     12:30 – 13:00
               GENERAL DISCUSSION ON CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES
                                AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL



15:00 – 18:00               SESSION II
                            FACILITATING THE ACCEPTANCE OF CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT
                            RESULTS

                             Moderator: Mr. Juan Antonio Dorantes (Mexico)
This session focuses on the implementation of the obligations contained in Article 6 of the
TBT Agreement on the "Recognition of Conformity Assessment by Central Government Bodies" and
discusses the effectiveness of the different mechanisms to facilitate the acceptance of conformity
assessment results.
                                15:00 – 16:15
 APPROACHES TO FACILITATE THE ACCEPTANCE OF CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT RESULTS
Speakers will address the advantages of, and possible difficulties with, various approaches to facilitate
the acceptance of conformity assessment results and in particular the use of accreditation.

      Trendsin the mechanisms to facilitate the acceptance of conformity assessment results
      Ms. Barbara Fliess, Principal Administrator, Trade Directorate, OECD
      Accreditation
                   as an approach to facilitate the acceptance of conformity assessment results
      and the benchmarking procedure
      Mr. Tony Craven, Chief Executive, Joint Accreditation System of Australia-New Zealand
      Theexperience of Mauritius in the use of accreditation as an approach to facilitate the
      acceptance of conformity assessment results
      Mr. Robin Neeren Gopee, Acting Director, Mauritius Accreditation Service
      Approaches to facilitate the recognition of results: The experience of the European
      Co-operation for Accreditation
      Mr. Lorenzo Thione, Chairman, European Co-operation for Accreditation
      Panel   Discussion
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                                   16:15 – 17:30
                MUTUAL ACCEPTANCE OF CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT RESULTS

Speakers will address the merits and possible difficulties in negotiating government-to-government
mutual recognition agreements. They will also discuss ways to promote acceptance by regulatory
authorities of results by conformity assessment bodies participating in voluntary arrangements.

Mutual recognition agreements:
     Experiences    in formal mutual recognition agreements: sectors covered, possible
      difficulties faced in the negotiations and key elements for a successful conclusion
      Mr. Shinji Fujino, Director, International Affairs Office of Technical Regulations, Standards
      and Conformity Assessment Policy Unit, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
     Mutual  recognition agreements and regulatory cooperation: Some EU experiences
      Mr. Paul De Lusignan, DG Trade and Mr. Brian Jenkinson, DG Enterprise,
      European Communities

Mutual recognition arrangements:
     Sector-specific   examples of arrangements between conformity assessment bodies ("peer
      assessments")
      Mr. Toshiyuki Kajiya, Senior manager, Engineering Administration Group, Corporate R&D
      Strategy Office, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd, Japan
     IEC   experience in arrangements between conformity assessment bodies used by
      regulators
      Mr. Gabriel Barta, Secretary of the IEC Conformity Assessment Board and Head of Technical
      Coordination
     Panel   Discussion



                                    17:30 – 18:00
                GENERAL DISCUSSION ON FACILITATING THE ACCEPTANCE OF
                          CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT RESULTS




18:00 – 19:30              APERITIF HOSTED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TBT COMMITTEE AND
                           THE PERMANENT MISSION OF LATVIA TO THE WORLD TRADE
                           ORGANIZATION
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                                 – Friday 17 March 2006 –

10:00 – 12:00           SESSION III
                        BUILDING A CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT INFRASTRUCTURE IN
                        DEVELOPING COUNTRY MEMBERS

                             Moderator: Ms. Brenda Dunbar (Canada)
This session examines ways to put in place an effective conformity assessment infrastructure in
developing country Members, taking into consideration the resources available to them and their
technical and infrastructural concerns.
                                           10:00 – 11:15
 THE CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT INFRASTRUCTURE OF DEVELOPING COUNTRY MEMBERS
Presenters will examine the existing infrastructure and particular concerns and needs that developing
country Members may have in evaluating conformity.
      Nigeria's example of a conformity assessment system in a developing country Member:
       Concerns and challenges
       Mr. John Ndanusa Akanya, Director-General, Standards Organization of Nigeria
      Overview of the conformity assessment procedures in India: Role of the BIS
       Mr. Rakesh Verma, Additional Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards, India
      Specific needs and technical considerations identified in relation to the conformity
       assessment infrastructure of developing country Members through the analysis of the
       responses to the WTO Questionnaire
       Mr. Gerardo Patacconi, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO
      Accreditation: Role of ILAC and IAF
       Mr. Daniel Pierre, ILAC/IAF, ILAC Chair
      Panel Discussion

                                   11:15 – 12:30
             ESTABLISHMENT OF A CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT INFRASTRUCTURE
Presenters are invited to share ideas on ways to put in place an effective conformity assessment
infrastructure in developing country Members.
      The experience of Brazil in establishing a conformity assessment system and existing
       educational programmes on conformity assessment
       Mr. Alfred Lobo, Director, Department of Quality, INMETRO, Brazil
      The example of technical assistance provided to Costa Rica on conformity assessment
       Ms. Maritza Madriz, Manager, Ente Costarricense de Acreditación, Costa Rica
      Establishment of CA schemes in developing countries: Some case studies
       Mr. Gerardo Patacconi, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO
      Building a quality system at the regional level in the UEMOA zone
       Mr. Abdou Seyni, Director of Industry, Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine
      Building a conformity assessment infrastructure at the regional level in the Caribbean
       region: the experience of Trinidad and Tobago
       Mr. Terrence Awai, Head, Certification Division, Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards
      Panel Discussion

                                     12:30 – 13:00
                     GENERAL DISCUSSION AND CONCLUDING REMARKS
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