STC Number - 13

Translation of regulations

Maintained by: Japan; Korea, Republic of
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by: Thailand
First date raised: October 1996 G/SPS/R/6, para. 26
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/JPN/1, G/SPS/N/KOR/29, G/SPS/N/KOR/20, G/SPS/N/KOR/31
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Other concerns
Keywords: Other concerns; Transparency
Status: Not reported
Solution:
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Argentina regretted that the regulations notified by Japan and Korea were not available in one of the three WTO working languages. The Chairman recalled that Annex B, paragraph 8 of the SPS Agreement requires developed country Members to "provide copies of the documents or, in case of voluminous documents, summaries of the documents covered by a specific notification in English, French or Spanish", if there is a specific request from another Member. Japan observed that it normally provided summaries of the documents in English. Thailand suggested that countries give sufficient detail in the description of content of their notifications to enable relevant comments by recipient Members.