Tbt Agreement Article 5

3. Citizens of the parties to the dispute cannot be heard by a group of technical experts without the common agreement of the parties to the dispute, unless the panel considers that the need for scientific expertise cannot be met by other means. Government officials of the parties to the dispute are not allowed to sit in a panel of technical experts. Members of technical expert groups perform their individual duties and are not representatives of the government or representatives of an organization. Governments or organizations therefore do not instruct them on the issues in front of a group of technical experts. 10.7 When a member has reached an agreement with another country or country on issues related 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 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. 6.3 Members are encouraged to be willing, at the request of other members, to enter into negotiations for mutual recognition agreements on the results of mutual compliance assessment procedures. Members may require these agreements to meet the criteria set out in paragraph 1 and to satisfy each other`s opportunities to facilitate trade in the products concerned. Compliance assessment procedures include sampling, inspection and inspection procedures; Compliance assessment, verification and safety accreditation and accreditation, as well as their combinations. 5.2.3 Information requirements are limited to what is required for compliance assessment and royalty setting; 11.3 Members take, upon request, the appropriate measures at their disposal to advise the supervisory bodies on their territory, advise other members, particularly members of the developing country, and provide them with technical assistance on terms agreed by mutual agreement with respect to: . The following procedures apply to technical expert groups set up in accordance with Article 14.

. 10.9 Communications to the Secretariat are made in English, French or Spanish. . L. Prior to the adoption of a standard, the standard leaves at least 60 days to comment on the draft standard by interested parties in a WTO member`s territory.