The STDF is carrying out work on how Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) can be used to improve the quality and effectiveness of SPS measures in developing countries. Good regulatory practices are defined as internationally recognized processes, systems, tools and methods to improve the quality of regulations and ensure that regulatory outcomes are effective, transparent, inclusive and sustained (World Bank, 2015).
STDF's GRP work aims to provide guidance to ensure that SPS measures are "fit for purpose" and that they avoid the creation of non-tariff barriers. It will seek to identify good practices and recommendations to enhance the development and implementation of SPS measures in order to:
- strengthen the effectiveness of regulatory interventions
- improve compliance with international standards and the WTO SPS Agreement
- ensure health protection while facilitating trade.
This work is anchored on the WTO SPS Agreement, which includes several provisions related to GRP including the use of international standards (Codex, IPPC, OIE), risk assessment, transparency, advance notifications on draft measures, etc. More information on this work is available in the STDF Concept Note, which was presented to the Working Group in March 2017.