STC Number - 7

Regionalization in relation to animal health

Maintained by: United States of America
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: May 1996 G/SPS/R/5, para. 15
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/USA/37
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; International Standards / Harmonization; Pest or Disease free Regions / Regionalization
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

The European Communities welcomed a US notification on the introduction of regionalization in import policy and internal control policy in relation to animal health, but was concerned that the proposed measure did not meet the criteria of a true regionalization approach in conformity with what had been discussed at the OIE. The United States stressed the purpose of the proposed measure was to facilitate trade and to fulfil the obligation of the United States under the SPS Agreement, in particular Article 5.2 on risk assessment.