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WTO/TBT NOTIFICATIONS UP-DATE BULLETIN June- July 2017

Information on proposed standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures that could affect exports and imports is regularly transmitted to WTO Secretariat in Geneva, by governments of countries that have ratified the World Trade Organization Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. The attached list contains notifications from WTO on standards that have been proposed to be adopted as Technical Regulations. Any individual or organization with objections to the proposals should lodge written objections to WTO. To obtain further information and/or full text(s) of the notifications listed below please contact us.

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

SL NO Notification No. and Date of Issue. Product Covered Country Title Deadline for Submission of Comments
1 G/TBT/N/KEN/585 Mineral Water – Specification. Kenya This Draft East African Standard specifies requirements for Mineral water offered for human consumption. It applies to natural mineral water, mineral water, natural spring water, spring water and carbonated mineral water. 60 days from notification
2 G/TBT/N/UGA/690 Packaged drinking water – Specification. Kenya This draft Uganda Standard specifies requirements and methods of sampling and test for packaged drinking water for direct human consumption. This standard applies to drinking water, carbonated drinking /sparkling drinking water and alkaline drinking.. 60 days from notification
3 G/TBT/N/UGA/687 Waste management — Requirements Uganda This draft Uganda Standard covers the management of hazardous waste and nonhazardous waste. This standard covers amongst other things, collection, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of waste. It also includes provisions for monitoring. 60 days from notification
4 G/TBT/N/SAU/988 Electrical Clothes Washing Machines Requirements - Energy and Water Performance Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Specifies the performance and energy labelling requirements for electric clothes washing machines with a capacity up to 25kg in order that it may carry a valid energy efficiency label. 60 days from notification
5 G/TBT/N/KEN/588 Potable water – Specification Kenya This Draft East African Standard specifies requirements and methods of sampling and test for potable water intended for direct human consumption, domestic and industrial use. 60 days from notification
6 G/TBT/N/KEN/545 Fruits. Vegetables Kenya It applies to okra (also known as lady's finger) grown from Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench of Malvaceae family to be supplied fresh to the consumer. Okra for industrial 60 days from the date of notification processing is excluded. 60 days from notification
7 G/TBT/N/KEN/535 Fruits. Vegetables HS codes: - Peas (Pisum sativum Kenya It prescribes the general requirements for fresh green peas in pods of species Pisum Sativum L. to be supplied fresh to the consumer, green peas for industrial processing being excluded. 60 days from notification
8 G/TBT/N/KEN/541 Fruits. Vegetables HS codes: - Cauliflowers and headed broccoli Kenya It Specifies the requirements for fresh cauliflowers of varieties grown from Brassica oleracea var. botrytis L. to be supplied fresh to the consumer, cauliflower for industrial processing being excluded 60 days from notification
9 G/TBT/QAT/463 Canned fruits (ICS:67.080) Qatar This draft technical regulation is concerned with canned fruits for direct consumption, including for catering purposes or for repackaging if required, definitions, styles, requirements, sampling, test methods, packaging , transportation, storage and... 60 days from notification
10 G/TBT/N/TPKM/262 Food products containing Cordyceps militaris Chinese Taipei Draft of the use restrictions of Cordyceps militaris and warning label requirement of Cordyceps militaris products (2... According to Articles 15-1 and 22 of the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, the conditions of manufacture and usage quantity of Cordyceps militarisprovided for food use are proposed to be restricted, and food products containing... 60 days from notification
11 G/TBT/N/USA/1231 Onions. Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks and other alliaceous vegetables, fresh or chilled (HS: 0703). Fruits. Vegetables (ICS: 67.080) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on its proposal to create new United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Onions. The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) petitioned AMS to develop new grade standards for frozen onions. AMS has received additional industry comments on several discussion drafts of the proposed standards. The grade standards would provide a common language for trade, a means of measuring value in the marketing of frozen onions, and guidance on the effective use of frozen onions. To be determined
12 G/TBT/N/ZMB/78 Fertilizers – Potassium chloride – Specification ZAMBIA Specifies requirements and methods of test for potassium chloride also known as murate of potash (M.O.P) 60 days from notification
13 G/TBT/N/TZA/45 Fertilizers Tanzania This Standard prescribes a method for the determination of nitrate nitrogen in fertilizers 60 days from notification
14 G/TBT/N/TZA/50 Fertilizer - Potassium chloride Tanzania This Standard prescribes the requirements and methods of sampling and test for potassium chloride (muriate of potash) fertilizer. The standards also prescribe the packaging and labelling requirements. 60 days from notification
15 G/TBT/N/TZA/51 Fertilizer – Calcium ammonium nitrate @twitter This standard prescribes the requirements and methods of sampling and test for Calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) fertilizer. The standards also prescribe the packaging and labelling requirements 60 days from notification
16 G/TBT/N/TZA/52 Fertilizer - Triple Superphosphate Tanzania This standard prescribes the requirements and methods of sampling and test for Triple Superphosphate (TSP) fertilizer. The standards also prescribes the packaging and labelling Requirements. 60 days from notification
17 G/TBT/N/TZA/53 Fertilizer - Ammonium Sulphate Tanzania This Tanzania standard prescribes the requirements, methods of sampling and test for ammonium sulphate fertilizer. The standards also prescribe the packaging and labelling requirements 60 days from notification
18 G/TBT/N/TZA/59 Steamed and calcined bone meal Tanzania This Standard prescribes the requirements and methods of sampling and test for steamed and calcined bone meals used as mineral supplements in animal feeds. The standards also prescribes the packaging and labelling requirements. 60 days from notification
19 G/TBT/N/TZA/58 Fresh melons Tanzania This standard specifies requirements and method of sampling and test for melons of varieties (cultivars) grown from Citrullus lanatus (Thunberg) Matsumara & Nakai (also called C. vulgaris) and Cucumis melo to be supplied fresh to the consumer. 60 days from notification
20 G/TBT/N/TZA/57 Blood meal Tanzania This Standard prescribes the requirements, methods of sampling and test for blood meal as protein supplement in animal feeds. The standards also prescribes packaging and labelling requirements. 60 days from notification
21 G/TBT/N/TZA/54 Fertilizers Tanzania This standard prescribes the methods for determination of various forms of free acidity in fertilizers. 60 days from notification
22 G/TBT/N/TZA/55 Fertilizer – Urea Tanzania This Standard prescribes the requirements and the methods of sampling and test for urea fertilizer. The standards also prescribes the packaging and labelling requirements 60 days from notification
23 G/TBT/N/JAM/61 Fluoridated iodized salt Jamaica This document specifies requirements for fluoridated iodized salt, which is intended for human consumption as well as for food processing. Salt, which is a by-product of the fertilizer or chemical industries, is not covered by this standard 60 days from notification
24 G/TBT/N/KEN/585 Drinking water Kenya This Draft East African Standard specifies requirements for Mineral water offered for human consumption. It applies to natural mineral water, mineral water, natural spring water, spring water and carbonated mineral water. 60 days from notification


CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

SL NO Notification No. and Date of Issue. Product Covered Country Title Deadline for Submission of Comments
25 G/TBT/N/EU/447 Diflubenzuron (pesticide active substance) European Union This draft Commission Implementing Regulation provides that the conditions of approval of the active substance diflubenzuron are amended. Existing authorisations for plant protection products containing diflubenzuron will be amended or Withdrawn from... 60 days from notification
26 G/TBT/N/EU/446 Cosmetics European Union The substance Methylene Bis- Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (MBBT) is currently regulated in entry 23 of Annex VI of the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 as an authorised U.V. filter with the maximum concentration of 10 % in cosmetic.. 60 days from notification
27 G/TBT/N/KOR/693 Cosmetics REPUBLIC OF KOREA Amends the conditions of use of the following sterilizing – preservative ingredients in cosmetics. 60 days from notification
28 G/TBT/N/BLZ/6 Diesel Fuel (High, Low Belize This national standard has been developed in recognition of the consumer concerns as it relates to quality of the product with respect to performance, environmental and health concerns present in a growing nation which is increasing the use of diesel. 60 days from notification
29 G/TBT/N/BLZ/7 Unleaded Gasoline Belize Automotive gasolines are essentially blends of hydrocarbons derived from petroleum and may contain selected additives that impart specific features to the finished gasoline. The hydrocarbons are derived from fractional distillation of crude oil. 60 days from notification


MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

SL NO Notification No. and Date of Issue. Product Covered Country Title Deadline for Submission of Comments
30 G/TBT/N/MYS/73 Safety glass for motor vehicles (ICS: 43.040.60) Malaysia The draft order states that safety glass for motor vehicles that are sold or supplied in Malaysia must conform to the prescribed safety standards and bear the mark as specified in the Second Schedule of the Order. The safety standards prescribed. 60 days from notification
31 G/TBT/N/EU/444 Medicinal products for human use European Union This draft Delegated Regulation laying down principles and guidelines of good manufacturing practice for investigational medicinal products for human use and arrangements for inspections, provides for, inter alia: Requirements as regards personnel 60 days from notification
32 G/TBT/N/KEN/587 Textile fibres in general Kenya This Part 1 of this Kenya standard specifies requirements for suit case type travel bags of different composition and design including fabric material type, dimensions, accessories, performance, packaging and labeling requirements 60 days from notification
33 G/TBT/N/MYS/74 Household electrical equipment: 34 Category of Energy... Malaysia Revision of Standard MS 1597-2-21:2011 to a new version Standard MS 1597-2- 21:2015 by adding up installation of isolation barrier as part of component for storage water heater 60 days from notification
34 G/TBT/N/ZMB/ 75 Blankets (ICS: 97.160). – Blankets (other than electric blankets) and travelling rugs, of synthetic fibres (HS: 630140). Home textiles. Linen ZAMBIA Specifies requirements for synthetic fibre cellular blankets suitable for use in the public sector and particularly for areas that constitute a high life risk area. Requirements for adults', children's and infants' blankets are specified 60 days from notification
35 G/TBT/N/USA/1266 Set-Top Box of United States of America The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a tobacco product standard that would establish a limit of N-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) in finished smokeless tobacco products. FDA is taking this action because NNN is a potent carcinogenic agent 60 days from notification
36 G/TBT/N/TPKM/27 7 Multimedia... Chinese Taipei Technical Specifications for Set-Top Box of Multimedia Content Distribution Platform... At the current stage, subscribers need to install a set-top box for receiving the multimedia on demand (MOD) services provided by the local network operators through the multimedia content distribution platform. With a view to implementing Article 1 60 days from notification
37 G/TBT/N/UGA/686 Biomass stoves Uganda This draft Uganda Standard specifies the classification, technical requirements, performance requirements, safety requirements, test methods and inspection procedure of biomass cookstoves 60 days from notification
38 G/TBT/N/UGA/694 Footwear — Sports shoes — Specification Uganda This draft Uganda standard prescribes the performance, requirements, sampling and test methods of sports footwear 60 days from notification
39 G/TBT/N/BRA/724 Pneumatic tires Brazil Establishes the mandatory compliance requirements for tires of adult use bicycles by the entire supply chain of the product in the domestic market, as well as the conformity assessment criteria and procedures, focusing on safety 60 days from notification



THE SWASA TECHNICAL STANDARDS WORK PROGRAMME: NATIONAL STANDARDS UNDER DEVELOPMENT

3rd April 2017 – 31st March 2018

STANDARDS WORK PROGRAMME 8

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Technical committees Title of draft standard Stage Reference standard ICS classification
TC 7 Drinking Water 04.01 SANS 241-1: 2015 13.060.20
TC 36 Standard on renewable power plants 04.01 NRS 097-2-1:2010 13.060.20
TC 43 Standard for Fresh oranges 04.01
TC 43 Standard for Green beans 04.01
TC 43 Standard for Fresh courgettes/marrow 04.01
TC 43 Standard for Fresh mangoes 04.01
TC 43 Standard for Fresh papaya 04.01
TC 6 Standard for HIV services 04.01
TC 33 Stand-Alone Solar PV Power Systems 04.01 AS-NZS 4509-2: 2010
TC 15 Hygienic Practice for Food for Infants and Children 04.01 CAC/RCP 2: 1979
TC 40 Standard for Formula Foods for use in Weight Control Diets 04.01 CODEX STAN 181:1991
COMESA general guidelines on claims 04.01 CAC/GL 1:1979/1991
TC 31 Recommended COMESA code of hygienic practice for fresh meat 04.01 CAC/RCP 11-1976, Rev. 1 (1993 TC 31
TC 17 Retro – reflectors (Reflex reflectors) 04.01 SANS 513: 2005 ICS 43.040.20
TC 17 Retro-reflective registration plates for motor vehicle (metal) Part 1 04.01 SANS 1116-1: 2008
TC 17 Retro-reflective registration plates for motor vehicle (metal) Part 2 04.01 SANS 1116-2: 2016
TC 17 Road vehicle – World manufacture Identifier (WMI) – code 04.01 ISO 3780: 2009 ICS 43.020
TC 17 Motor vehicle safety specification for braking (Motor and Towered vehicle designed for low speed or use off public roads). Part 1 04.01 SANS 1447: 2007 ICS 43.080.99: 53.060
TC 17 The measurements of noise emitted by road vehicle when stationery 04.01 SANS 10181: 2003 ICS 17.140.30: 43.020
TC 17 Wheel flaps 04.01 SANS 1496: 2008 ICS 43.080.10
TC 17 Rear under run protection devices 04.01 SANS 1055: 2007 ICS 43.080.10
TC 18 Data elements and interchange formats 04.01 ISO 8601: 2004 ICS 01.140.30
TC 18 Information technology - Security techniques 04.01 ISO/IEC 27002:2013 ICS 03.100.70
TC 18 Information technology - Universal Multiple-Octet Coded Character Set (UCS) - Part 1: Architecture and Basic Multilingual 04.01 ISO/IEC 10646-1:2000 ICS 35.040.10
TC 18 Information Technology – Metadata Registries (MDR) part 1 04.01 ISO 11179-1: 2004 ICS 35.040.50
TC 18 Information Technology – Metadata Registries (MDR) Part 2 04.01 ISO 11179-2: 2005 ICS 35.040.50
TC 18 Information and documentation - The Dublin Core metadata element set 04.01 ISO 15836:2009 ICS 35.040. 30
TC 27 Geographic information -Metadata - Part 1: Fundamentals GIF - GM 04.01 ISO 19115-1:2014 ICS 35.240.70
TC 9 TC 9 Natural rubber latex male condoms - Requirements and test methods 04.01 ISO 4074: 2015 CS 11.200
TC 10 Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements 04.01 ISO 45001
TC 23 Petroleum Jelly - Method of preparation 04.01 SANS 1755 ED 1.03: 2016
TC 20 Guidelines for the design , operation, assessment and accreditation of food import and export inspection and certification systems 04.01 CAC/GL 26-1997
TC 1 Quality Management Systems- Requirements (siSwati Version) 04.01 ISO 9001:2015 03.120.10
TC 51 Non-governmental organizations 04.01