The World Trade Organisation’s Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (TBT) contains a Code of Good Practice which includes a number of provisions on the standardising body, including that Standards ‘are not prepared, adopted or applied with a view to, or with the effect of, creating unnecessary obstacles to international trade’.
National variations are to be kept to a minimum recognising a country’s right to adopt Standards which are considered appropriate, for example, for the protection of the environment or to meet other consumer interests.
Communications Alliance recognises that Standards Australia is the Australian member of the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Participation in the standardisation activities of these two bodies shall be through Standards Australia.
Participation by Communications Alliance in other international standardisation activities is the responsibility of Communications Alliance. Where Communications Alliance participates in IEC or ISO activities, we comply with the appropriate Standards Development and Accreditation Committee (SDAC) procedures and any necessary directions from Standards Australia’s International Development Manager.