The basic rules governing food safety and animal and plant health standards are covered by the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
SPS measures are those that are used to protect human, animal, or plant life or health from risks that come from the spread of pests and diseases, or from additives, toxins, or contaminants found in food, beverages, or feedstuffs.
The SPS Agreement requires that WTO members establish a national “Enquiry Point" to answer inquiries from other members regarding the technical requirements and SPS-related measures for products sold in their countries. Contact addresses of Sri Lanka SPS Enquiry point are:
Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine
Address: SUWASIRIPAYA, No. 385, Rev. Baddegama Wimalawansa Thero Mawatha, Colombo 10
Phone: (94)112 694033, (94)112 675011
National Plant Quarantine Service
Address: Canada Friendship Road, Katunayake
Phone: (94) 11-2252028/29 Fax: (94) 11-2253709
Department of Animal Production & Health
Address: 13 Colombo - Kandy Rd, Kandy 20400
Phone: +94 812 388 195
The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) describes the rights and obligations of WTO members concerning the development and use of technical measures that affect product trade.
The purpose of the TBT Agreement is to reduce barriers to trade resulting from different technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures from one country to another, while also providing members with the right to implement measures to achieve legitimate policy objectives, such as the protection of human health and safety, or the environment.
The TBT Agreement requires that WTO members establish a national “Enquiry Point" to answer inquiries from other members regarding the technical requirements for products sold in their countries. Contact addresses of Sri Lanka TBT Enquiry point are:
Director General of Sri Lanka Standards Institute
Address: 17, Victoria Place, Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 08
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +(94 1) 671574
Fax: +(94 1) 671579
Director General of Commerce , Department of Commerce
#21, Vauxhall Street,
Phone:+94 112 329 733/ 2 346 114
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