Enquiry Point

As a signatory to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Belize is required to fulfill its obligations as prescribed by the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO.  The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), which is one of the pillars of the WTO, is of interest and direct relevance to the role and functions of the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS).  To this end, the BBS serves as the National Enquiry Point for the Agreement on TBT as per Article 10.1 which states:

 

 

"10.1 Each Member shall ensure that name enquiry point exists which is able to answer all reasonable enquiries from other Members and interested parties in other Members as well as to provide the relevant documents regarding:  

 

10.1.1 any technical regulations adopted or proposed within its territory by central government bodies, by non-governmental bodies which have legal power to enforce a technical regulation, or by regional standardizing bodies of which such bodies are members or participants;

 

10.1.2 any standards adopted or proposed within its territory by central government bodies, or by regional standardizing bodies of which such bodies are members or participants;

 

10.1.3 any conformity assessment procedures, or proposed conformity assessment procedures, which are operated within its territory by central or local government bodies, or by regional standardizing bodies of which such bodies are members or participants;

 

10.1.4 the membership and participation of the Member, or of relevant central or local government bodies within its territory, in international and regional standardizing bodies and conformity assessment systems, as well as in bilateral and multilateral arrangements within the scope of this Agreement; it shall also be to provide reasonable information systems and arrangements;

 

10.1.5 the location of the notices published pursuant to this Agreement, or the provision of information of information as to where such information can be obtained.

 

10.1.6 the location of the enquiry points mentioned in paragraph 3."

 

 

In order to carry out its responsibility in this capacity in the most effective manner, the Bureau is charged with  the management of National and International enquiries and notifications relating to technical regulations as laid out in the agreement. Conversely, the BBS acts as a clearing house for international and domestic enquiries relating to technical regulations and standards that exist at the national level.