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Saturday, November 26, 2022


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About Notify U.S.

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Why is Notify U.S. Useful?

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to notify to the WTO certain proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures that could affect trade with other members. The WTO TBT Secretariat distributes this information in the form of "notifications". Members can review and comment on each other's notifications, i.e., proposed regulations and proposed conformity assessment procedures, while they are still in the draft stage and subject to revision. In this way, international transparency, international harmonization of standards, and international free trade are encouraged.


Notify U.S. captures key information included in the WTO TBT notifications, such as full-texts and comment deadlines, and makes it available for review and use by U.S. entities. Existing Notify U.S. users can request full-texts that are not available at the time a notification is issued, and receive an alert from Notify U.S. when a text has been provided by the member and is subsequently available in and accessible from Notify U.S. A courtesy list of fee-based translation services is available for those who wish to consider obtaining translations of notification texts and/or of comments intended for submission to other WTO member enquiry points. Please transition to the World Trade Organization's ePing SPS&TBT Platform at https://epingalert.org/ to follow and search for notifications and to receive e-mail alerts when new notifications are distributed by the WTO TBT Committee. Current, active Notify U.S. users will receive notice from Notify U.S. prior to the discontinuation of notification alerts. To request training on the use of ePing, please send a message to usatbtep@nist.gov.


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How Does Notify U.S. Work?

U.S. entities receive an e-mail alert when a WTO member notifies drafts or changes to domestic and foreign technical regulations or conformity assessment procedures (CAPs) concerning industrial, manufactured, and processed products and/or the labeling of products. From the e-mail, users can link to the Notify U.S. website where they can navigate to and learn more about a specific notification.


Users of Notify U.S., and now ePing, may customize their information profiles to receive an e-mail alert when draft proposed regulations and/or conformity assessment procedures (CAPs) in one or more (or all) specified fields of interest and by one or more (or all) WTO members has been notified and is available. Fields of interest are based on industry sectors defined by the International Classification for Standards (ICS) scheme developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).


E-Mail alerts from the Notify U.S. service to its existing customers will be discontinued December 24 and 27, 2022. Current and would-be Notify U.S. users as well as international stakeholders are encouraged to use the World Trade Organization's ePing SPS&TBT Platform at https://epingalert.org/ to follow and search for notifications and to receive e-mail alerts. Current, active Notify U.S. users will receive notice from Notify U.S. prior to the discontinuation of notification alerts.


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Who is Responsible for Notify U.S.?

Notify U.S. is a service of the USA WTO TBT Enquiry Point in the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).


Notify U.S. is reserved for the use of U.S. individuals and U.S. entities only. Any unauthorized use is prohibited.


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Need More Information?

Please contact us by phone, e-mail, or fax:


   USA WTO TBT Enquiry Point
Email    usatbtep@nist.gov
Telephone    301-975-2918

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