WTO News

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In the second half of June 2015, Indonesia informed the WTO on the approval of Regulation of the  Chairman  of  National  Agency  of  Drug  and  Food  Control  (NADFC) of Republic  of  Indonesia concerning  Food  Category. Proposed  date  of  adoption  and  proposed  date  of  entry  into  force: after the date of publication. Final date for comments: August 23, 2015.

In  late  June  2015, the  European  Union released  a  notification  on  the Draft  Commission Implementing  Decision  on  the  technical  specifications  for  the  layout,  design  and  shape  of  the combined health warnings for tobacco products for smoking. Proposed date of adoption: fourth quarter  of  2015. Proposed  date  of  entry  into  force: the  provisions  shall  enter  into  force immediately after adoption (The Directive will need to be transposed into national legislation by 20 May 2016). Final date for comments: August 28, 2015.

In  early  June  2015,  Vietnam  released  a  notification  on  new Technical  Regulation  on  Products, Goods   of   Building   Materials approved   on   September   15,   2014   to   replace the previous Regulation.

In  early  June  2015, South  Korea  informed  the  WTO  on  the  development of the  Enforcement Decree  of  the  special  Act  on  imported  food  safety  control. Proposed  date  of  adoption  and proposed date of entry into force: to be determined. Final date for comments: July 31, 2015.

In the second half of May 2015, the European Union released a notification on amendments to the Regulation  (EC)  No  396/2005  of  the  European  Parliament  and  of  the  Council  as regards maximum  residue  levels  for  oxadixyl  and  spinetoram  in certain  products. Proposed  date  of adoption: February  2016. Proposed date  of  entry  into  force:  20  days  from publication  in  the Official Journal of the EU. Final date for comments: July 25, 2015.

In late April 2015, the European Union released a notification on Draft Commission Regulation amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. Proposed date of adoption: December 2015. Proposed date of entry into force: 20 days from publication in the Official Journal of the EU. Final date for comments: June 28, 2015.

In mid-April 2015, Canada informed the WTO on approval for the use of calcium carbonate as a pH adjusting agent in infant cereal products. The document entered into force on April 1, 2015.

In early May 2015, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) released a notification on Proposed Draft Amendments to the Standards and Specifications for Livestock Products. Proposed date of adoption and proposed date of entry into force: To be determined. Final date for comments: June 30, 2015.

In mid-April 2015, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) released a notification onProposed amendments to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act.Proposed date of adoption and proposed date of entry into force:To be determined.Final date for comments:June14, 2015.

In late March 2015, the European Union informed the WTO on the expected changes to the Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for abamectin, desmedipham, dichlorprop-P, haloxyfop-P, oryzalin and phenmedipham in certain products.Proposed date of adoption andproposed date of entry into force: October 2015.Final date for comments: May 30, 2015.

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