Date: May 9-10, 2017
Location: Hanoi, Viet Nam
The PTIN is working to streamline, consolidate, and eliminate unnecessary export certificates in the region to facilitate trade of safe food products. This workshop, led by the United States and continuing work ongoing since 2009, aimed to reduce duplicative certificates and certificates not essential for food safety, with the goal of lowering compliance related costs affecting both industries and governments.
Workshop participants acquired critical tools to consider when deciding whether to require certificates, such as principles of certification, fundamental good regulatory practices, use of risk based criteria for products, and model certificate options. Conclusions drawn from the workshop were that requirements for export certificates are increasing dramatically and there has been an increase in requirements not related to food safety. The workshop fostered commitment to reduce unnecessary requirements for agricultural products and to appropriately eliminate requirements not based on science or not essential to ensuring food safety. Participants left knowing the importance of trust and confidence between economies, employing science and risk-based principles in food safety system development (especially through legislation), and the importance of strong cooperation amongst industry and government.
Below are the accompanying resources that supplement the brochure:
Brochure on Streamlining/Reducing Export Certificate Requirements for Food Products in the APEC Region
2009 Export Certificate Survey of APEC Economies
Dictionary of Export Certificate Terms
Definitions of terms commonly used in the food trade. The intended purpose is to provide common understanding along the supply chain. Economies are encouraged to comment on the definitions and to suggest other terms that should be included.
Compendium of Export Certificate Requirements by APEC economies
In 2009 APEC economies completed a survey that included a listing of all required certificates for imported food.
Major Food Safety Regulatory Changes in APEC Member Economies (since 2009)
A review of public information showed that 11 APEC economies undertook broad food safety regulatory changes between 2009 and 2017
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