About Notify U.S.
Table of Contents
- Why is Notify U.S. useful?
- How Does Notify U.S. Work?
- Who is Responsible for Notify U.S.?
- Where Can I Learn More?
- Need More Information?
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 issues 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. 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.
How Does Notify U.S. Work?
By registering for the Notify U.S. service, 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 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 in Notify U.S. 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).
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 a free service intended only for the purpose of providing access to and collecting and fulfilling user information requests concerning notifications made under the WTO TBT Agreement.
Notify U.S. is reserved for the use of U.S. individuals and U.S. entities only. Any unauthorized use is prohibited.
Where Can I Learn More?
Visit these related websites:
- About the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
- WTO TBT Information Management System (TBT IMS)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
- About the WTO
- WTO ISO Standards Information Gateway
- Trade Agreements Compliance Program, International Trade Administration
- U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)