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/30 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

In October 1996, the representative of Argentina regretted that the regulations notified in G/SPS/N/JPN/1 and G/SPS/N/KOR/29, 30, 31 of 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 by another Member. The representative of Japan observed that his government normally provided summaries of the documents in English. The representative of Thailand suggested that developing countries, in their notifications, give sufficient details in the description of content, so as to enable relevant comments by recipient Members.