Magazine article International Trade Forum

ITC Publications: Resources on Quality & Standards

Magazine article International Trade Forum

ITC Publications: Resources on Quality & Standards

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Understanding the increasing complexity of technical requirements in export markets is a prerequisite for successful trade. ITC's guidebooks and publications seek to support exporters in their work by providing them with easy-to-understand, relevant information on standards, WTO agreements and technical requirements.

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DCMAS Network consists of 10 principal international organizations that have mandates to strengthen technical infrastructures and deliver capacity building in metrology, standardization and conformity assessment (including accreditation) in order to:

* Exchange information on the effectiveness and range of initiatives taken by the collaborating bodies;

* Provide a means of pooling expertise and for enabling the collaborating organizations to take advice from each other and to invite participation in events they organize under their own programmes and initiatives; and

* Exchange information on the benefits and aims of metrology, accreditation and standardization in developing countries.

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An answer book for small and medium-sized exporters

This guide provides SME managers in developing countries and transition economies with answers to the most frequently asked questions on standards and conformity assessment. The guide addresses issues including technical regulations and standards, product certification, testing, metrology, quality management, ISO 9000, other management systems, accreditation and the WTO Agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. The publication has been customized by partner organizations in 18 countries and is available in eight languages.


A business perspective

Technical requirements in importing countries can be difficult to obtain and to understand. This training tool aims to raise the understanding in the private sector of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade and how it can be used to enhance market access for exports. The publication is intended for business advisers and trainers for enterprises that intend to export or are already exporting. …

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