11.8 When advising and providing technical assistance to other members covered in paragraphs 1 to 7, members prioritize the needs of the least developed countries. The TBT agreement can be divided into five parts. The first part defines the scope of the agreement, which does not include “industrial and agricultural products” but not sanitary and plant health measures. The second part outlines the obligations and principles of technical rules. The third part deals with compliance and compliance assessment. The fourth part deals with information and assistance, including the obligation for nations to help each other in the development of technical provisions. Finally, the fifth part provides for the creation of the Technical Barriers to Trade Committee and sets out dispute resolution procedures. one. All OBT members are required to set up “demand points” that are also known as the “TBT Window” – offices that provide information on technical regulations, testing procedures and compliance with various international standards in the country. keen to ensure that technical rules and standards, including packaging, labelling and labelling requirements, and procedures for assessing compliance with technical rules and standards do not create unnecessary barriers to international trade; The TBT agreement also requires states to inform each other about technical barriers to planned trade. In order to allow states to voice their concerns before the measures come into force, members should give members time to comment, discuss their comments and review their comments. Members should inform each other about the proposed OBT provisions when the following three conditions are met: 12.8 It is recognized that members of developing countries may face particular problems, including institutional and infrastructure, in the area of the preparation and application of technical rules, standards and compliance assessment procedures.
It is also recognized that the special development and trade needs of members of developing countries, as well as their state of technological development, may hinder their ability to fully meet their obligations under this agreement. The members therefore take full account of this. In order to ensure that members of developing countries are able to comply with this agreement, the Technical Committee on Trade Barriers under Article 13 (designated in this agreement as a committee) may grant, on request, exemptions, in whole or in part, limited in time to the obligations under this agreement.