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 The Standards Library of the Department of Standards is maintaining and offering information on international standards and foreign national standards to government departments and the private sector. The Department maintains ISO Standards, IEC Standards, British Standards (BS), Indian Standards (IS), German Standards (DIN), Japanese Standards (JIS), Malaysian Standards (MS) and American Standards (ASTM), with easy access for the public during office hours. According to the statistic from standard library, standards for Indian Standards, British Standards (BS), and American Standards are the most widely accessed and applied. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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National Technical Barriers to Trade Enquiry Point

The TBT Agreement requires that members be as transparent as possible on issues relating to standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Members are therefore to notify the WTO secretariat about standards and technical regulations being prepared or in the process of adoption. It is in this scope that Myanmar National Standards and Quality Department has been designated as the WTO/TBT National Enquiry Point and Notification Authority, to ensure that manufacturers, importers and exporters get the latest information on standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures available in their target market.


Functions of the National Enquiry Point (NEP)

  • Notify WTO secretariat of the proposed Myanmar standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures which may affect international trade;
  • Handle all enquiries on standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures concerned with TBT agreement form other WTO members
  • Download notifications from WTO secretariat on technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures adopted or proposed by other WTO members
  • Request information for interested parties in Myanmar from foreign enquiry points
  • Provide foreign enquiry points upon request with copies of documents related to Myanmar notifications

Benefits of the NEP/Notification Authority
The business community will benefit from the NEP/Notification Authority in the following manner:

  • Identify standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures applicable to products in target markets
  • Improve competitiveness in local markets
  • Give opportunity to comment on technical regulations that may affect trade
  • Promote trade facilitation by providing national exporters and importers with information on technical requirements from WTO member countries

INFORMATION RESOURCES AT THE NEP
The Myanmar National Enquiry Point maintains a collection of standards, technical regulations and laws and related documents issued by international standards organizations, such as the International Organization for standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission(IEC), the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO), the International Organization for Legal Metrology (OIML), ASTM International (ASTM) and the ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standardization and Quality (ACCSQ) 

World Trade Organization Enquiry Point
    WTO Enquiry Point – information exchange in accordance with the agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). The Standards Development Division of National Standards and Quality Department is a responsible for conducting and establishing National Enquiry Point (NEP).

    As the focal point of National Enquiry Point of Myanmar, the Standards Development Division is enhancing and application of standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures in line with the requirement of the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement on Technical Barrier to trade with the cooperation of trade related ministries.

Purpose of Enquiry: The Standards Development Division is fulfilling the tasks of the National Enquiry Point as regards the information exchange procedures and distribution of related documents required by respective WTO Agreements in regard to drafts of obligatory regulations and measures which could possibly create on obstacle to international trade and performing following activities:

-    Answering reasonable enquiries from other members and interested parties
-   Notifying the WTO Secretariat in Geneva proposals of Myanmar regulations, conformity assessment procedures and other measures that may have significant impact on international trade
-    Mediating related commenting procedures
-    Providing documents relevant to notified drafts of technical regulations, standards

More detailed information available at:

National Standards and Quality Department

National Enquiry Point
    No. 6, Kabar Aye Pagoda Road,
    Yankin Tsp., Yangon
    The Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
    Email  : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Phone : 095-1-664817
    Fax     : 095-1-668033

Method of Enquiry : Enquiries must be obtained by downloading from Myanmar Standards Website www.myanmarstandards.org.mm or by fax 095-1-668033 and submitted to the enquiry point by fax or mail.

Enquiry deadline: The enquiry point should provide answers in writing within 30 days of receiving the enquiry forms (according to the date shown on the post or the time the fax is received). Under special circumstances, it may give its answers and reasons for the delay in writing in 45 days.

 
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The TBT Agreement

Myanmar seeks to comply with the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) which is designed to ensure that technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade.

Technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures often vary from country to country. When these requirements are more stringent than necessary, when they are imposed arbitrarily, or when they discriminate between domestic suppliers and importers, they can be trade barriers.

As a trade facilitation body, the WTO emphasizes through its various agreements the importance of ensuring that countries’ regulations do not create unnecessary barriers to international trade. Despite its emphasis on ensuring that no unnecessary barriers to trade be created through technical regulations, the TBT Agreement recognizes that countries have the right to establish protection for human, animal, or plant life, or the protection of health and the environment. The substantive provisions under the TBT agreement can be grouped into four sometimes-interrelated areas.

These groups of obligations include:

  • Granting equal treatment to imports of a country that is no less favorable than that granted to local production (national treatment) or imports of other countries (most favored national treatment);

  • Encouragement of members to rely on harmonized international standards;

  • Transparency in the development, application, and implementation of standards and technical regulations; and

  • Procedural requirements related to notification to the WTO of TBT-related matters.

The TBT Agreement requires that conformity assessment procedures be prepared, adopted, and applied to grant access for suppliers of like products originating in the territories of other Members [signatories to the agreement] under conditions no less favorable than those accorded to suppliers of like products of national origin or originating in any other country. The Agreement also requires that such procedures not be prepared, adopted, or applied with a view to or with the effect of creating unnecessary obstacles to global trade. Ideally, a properly conducted conformity assessment program benefits, not hinders the free flow of goods into the marketplace.

 Under the TBT Agreement, procedures used to determine whether a product meets the requirements of relevant standards must be fair and equitable. The Agreement discourages any methods that would give domestically-produced goods an unfair advantage.

The TBT Agreement also sets out a code of good practice for both governments and non-governmental or industry bodies to prepare, adopt, and apply voluntary standards. Nearly 200 standards-setting bodies worldwide apply the code.

Manufacturers and exporters need to know what the latest technical requirements are in their prospective markets. To help ensure that this information is readily and available all WTO members are required to establish national Enquiry Points. Information about the Myanmar TBT Enquiry Point can be found here.

 Any new regulations or changes to existing regulations or procedures will be published well ahead of their effective date in the Announcements section of this website

The WTO website provides access to the TBT Information Management Systema database of notifications, specific trade concerns, other documents, enquiry points, etc. relating to technical barriers to trade.

Further information and the full text of the TBT Agreement can be found on the WTO website (click here to view).  Click here if you want to view or download a Lao translation of the TBT Agreement.