The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement)


      The TBT Agreement takes into account the existence of legitimate divergences of taste, income,
      geographical and other factors between countries. For these reasons, the Agreement accords to Members
      a high degree of flexibility in the preparation, adoption and application of their national technical
      regulations. The Preamble to the Agreement states that “no country should be prevented from taking
      measures necessary to ensure the quality of its exports, or for the protection of human, animal, and
      plant life or health, of the environment, or for the prevention of deceptive practices, at the levels
      that technical regulations “are not prepared, adopted or applied with a view to, or with the effect of,
      creating unnecessary obstacles to trade”.


      The TBT Agreement may be accessed from the WTO Web site also