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Wto Tbt Agreement Annex 3

6.3 Members are encouraged, at the request of other Members, to be ready to enter into negotiations for the conclusion of mutual recognition agreements on the results of each other`s conformity assessment procedures. Members may require that such agreements meet the criteria set out in paragraph 1 and that they be mutually exclusive as to their potential to facilitate trade in the products concerned. 15.5 The Annexes to this Agreement shall form an integral part of this Agreement. 10.7 Where a Member has concluded an agreement with one or more other countries on matters relating to technical regulations, standards or conformity assessment procedures that may have a significant impact on trade, at least one Member of the Party shall communicate to the other Members, through the Secretariat, the products to be covered by the Agreement and shall include a brief description of the Agreement. The members concerned are invited to enter into consultations with other members upon request in order to conclude similar agreements or to organize their participation in such agreements. In addition to the reporting obligation, each WTO Member must set up a national en-information point. It serves as a point of contact when other WTO Members may request and receive information and documentation on upcoming or adopted technical regulations, standards and test procedures by a Member, as well as on participation in bilateral or plurilateral agreements on standards, regional standards bodies and conformity assessment systems (Article 10). Information centres are generally government agencies, but the corresponding functions can also be assigned to private bodies. The obligation to set up en-information points is particularly important for developing countries.

On the one hand, this is the first step taken by a developing country to implement the TBT agreement. On the other hand, developing countries may obtain information from other Members` en-information points on foreign regulations and standards concerning products in which they have a commercial interest. 3. Citizens of the parties to the dispute may not be active in a group of technical experts without the joint consent of the parties to the dispute, unless the panel considers, in exceptional cases, that the need for specialized scientific expertise cannot be met by other means. .