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More Trade News in Brief – Week 18 (29 April – 5 May 2013)


* SESAR – Single European Sky
European Commission adopted a regulation establishing governance and incentive mechanisms to facilitate the effective and timely deployment of SESAR.
SESAR is the EU’s project that aims at modernising the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system.
Please read more here and here.
You can find more about SESAR here.
* International Code of Direct Selling
ICC released the revised International Code of Direct Selling which was developed in close co-operation with the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA).
Follow the link for more.
* WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)
Liechtenstein became the first WTO member to ratify the amended version of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA).
Read more here.

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 17 (22 – 28 April 2013)

* EU & Morocco to Start DCFTA Talks
22 April 2013, Brussels
The EU and Morocco started the first round of negotiations for an EU-Morocco Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).
Check here for more.
* IOSCO – Report on Technological Challenges to Market Surveillance
 22 April 2013, Madrid (Spain)
 The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published today a final report on Technological Challenges to Effective Market Surveillance: Issues and Regulatory Tools.
Read the report here.
* ISO’s 2012 Annual Report
The ISO’s 2012 Annual Report examines the organization’s activities in the field of business and economy standards.
Discover ISO’s Annual Report 2012 here.
* New ISO for Financial Services
ISO/ IEC published a new standard: ISO/IEC TR 27015:2012, Information technology – Security techniques – Information security management guidelines for financial services – guidance for organizations providing financial services.
Read more here.

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ISO Survey of Management System Standard Certifications – 2011

12 December 2012
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released for free The ISO Survey of Management System Standard Certifications – 2011.
ISO Survey of Management System Standard Certifications – 2011

ISO Survey of Management System Standard Certifications – 2011

7 ISO Standards regarding management systems
were included in the survey:
ISO 9001 data (excel)
ISO 14001 data (excel)
ISO 22000 data (excel)
ISO/IEC 27001 data (excel)
ISO 50001 data (excel)
ISO 13485 data (excel)
ISO/TS 16949 data (excel)
The publication is available here.

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ICC Published New Volume on DOCDEX

13 December 2012, Paris
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has issued a new volume containing decisions on Documentary Credit Dispute Resolution Expertise (DOCDEX – Decisions 2009-2012).
DOCDEX include cases based on other ICC rules kike:
Uniform Rules for Collections (URC)
Uniform Rules for Bank-to-Bank Reimbursements (URR)
Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG)
The new volume is an important point of reference for bankers, lawyers, importers/exporters and other practitioners who make use of ICC rules.
For more information visit the ICC DOCDEX Rules.

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OECD Launched The ‘Global Recalls Portal’

19 October 2012
OECD launched a international portal to exchange information about unsafe products that have been taken off the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.
The portal,, will contribute to boosting consumer safety across the world.
For more information kindly check here.

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New ISO/IEC Standards for Audition and Certification

3 October 2012
The ISO published the new versions of the below International Standards which provide harmonized and effective best practice for certification bodies and auditors around the world:
ISO/IEC 17065:2012, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services
– ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2012, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 2: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of environmental management systems
For further information please check here.

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Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide by UNECE

September 2012
The United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE), with the support of its UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), develop the Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide (TFIG) which is very utile for who are working in advocacy in the trade facilitation domain.
The guide gives an overview of governmental organisations that work in the field of trade facilitation, either through setting rules and standards, providing technical assistance, or by doing research.
More information is available here.

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