Sps Agreement Annex A

(d) the accession and participation of the Member or competent bodies in its territory in international and regional sanitary and phytosanitary organizations and systems and systems, as well as in bilateral and multilateral agreements and arrangements falling within the scope of this Convention and in the text of such agreements and arrangements. 3. This Convention shall not affect the rights of Members under other international instruments, including the right to have recourse to the good offices or dispute settlement mechanisms of other international organizations established under an international agreement. (4) When establishing the appropriate level of sanitary or phytosanitary protection, Members should take into account the objective of minimising negative trade effects. Under this Agreement, Members shall be fully responsible for compliance with all the obligations set out therein. Members shall formulate and implement positive measures and mechanisms to support compliance with the provisions of this Agreement by bodies other than the central government. Members shall take appropriate measures at their disposal to ensure that non-governmental entities located in their territory and regional bodies to which competent bodies in their territory belong comply with the relevant provisions of this Convention. In addition, Members shall not take measures to request or encourage, directly or indirectly, such regional or non-governmental authorities or local authorities to act in a manner inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. Members shall ensure that they rely on the services of non-governmental organizations to implement sanitary or phytosanitary measures only if those organizations comply with the provisions of this Agreement. 2. If the adequate level of sanitary or phytosanitary protection leaves room for manoeuvre for the gradual introduction of new sanitary or phytosanitary measures, longer compliance periods should be granted to products of interest to Member States of developing countries in order to obtain the possibility of exporting them.

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