The SPS Information Management System (SPS IMS) provides access to documents and records relevant under the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the SPS Agreement). For more information on the SPS Agreement, please click here.
The SPS IMS allows users to track information on SPS measures that Member governments have notified to the WTO, specific trade concerns raised in the SPS Committee, SPS-related documents circulated at the WTO, Member governments' SPS Enquiry Points and Notification Authorities, and the membership of the WTO, Codex, IPPC, and the OIE.
The system's structure for searching notifications follows very closely the actual notification types and their formats. For further information on notification procedures and formats agreed upon by the SPS Committee, please click here.
Please click on the desired function from the menu bar on the top. You may wish to undertake a "search", prepare a "custom report", or view one of the "predefined reports". The difference between a search and a custom report is that with a custom report you can decide which fields you wish to see in your search results. You can enter one or more criteria to refine your search. Alternatively, you can browse all records by not specifying any criteria before clicking on the Search button. For free text searches, for example under the "description of content" field of notifications, use quotation marks to find exact matches. For example, entering "avian influenza" will find only those records which contain both terms. You can export all search and custom report results to Excel. Predefined reports provide reference lists regularly circulated by the WTO SPS Secretariat and are available in Word format.
According to the Verbal Note contained in document WT/L/779, by virtue of the Treaty of Lisbon, as of 1 December 2009 the European Union replaces and succeeds the European Community. Pre-December 2009 records pertaining to the European Communities are available by clicking on the "European Union" option in the dropdown lists.
For further information on how to use the system, please click on Help.