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The S&C Portal
The Standards and Conformance (S&C) Portal is an online facility that offers an easy access to a wide range of information on standards, regulations and conformity assessment activities in the Philippines and other WTO member countries.
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Why Use the S&C Portal?
It facilitates a fast, efficient and cost-effective way of obtaining extensive information on standards, conformity assessment requirements, and other trade-related technical regulations/laws;
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Who's Behind the S&C Portal?
The S&C Portal is administered by the Department of Trade and Industry's Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-BPS), which is the National Standards Body of the Philippines and the WTO TBT Enquiry Point of the country.  
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Committee launches the WTO-TBT Enquiry Point Guide

With the aim to improve the functioning of the Enquiry Points as a key to making transparency work, the World Trade Organization- Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT) Committee launched the WTO-TBT Enquiry Point Guide on its 14-15 November 2018 meeting held at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS), as the Enquiry Point for the Philippines, was represented by the DTI - Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Undersecretary, Atty. Ruth B. Castelo and by the DTI-BPS Standards Mainstreaming Division (SMD) Officer-in-Charge, Ms. Marie Camille B. Castillo.

The Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement is part of a broader category of WTO agreements dealing with non-tariff measures (NTMs). The TBT Agreement covers all technical regulations, voluntary standards and the procedures to ensure that these are met, except when these are sanitary or phytosanitary measures as defined by the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Agreement.

Both agreements contain provisions on transparency that member countries must comply with by notification of all their draft technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures to the WTO through the member country’s National Notification Authority (NNA). This obligation gives trading partners and the industry an opportunity to provide comments on the draft to avoid potential trade problems.

On the other hand, the National Enquiry Point (NEP) of a member country disseminates the TBT notifications from other WTO members to various stakeholders within its territory so they may provide feedback on the notifications. Comments may be sent directly to the specific governmental body concerned but the NEP can also assist to refer the comments and queries to the proper government agency if needed.

Enquiry Point for WTO

An Enquiry Point, in essence, is an institution established within each member of the WTO which serves to connect members, the private sector, trade officials, standards officials, regulators and any other domestic and international stakeholders, in all matters relating to the implementation of the transparency provisions of the TBT Agreement.

The guide was developed in response to a request by the WTO-TBT Committee to the WTO Secretariat to prepare a guide on best practices for enquiry points at the end of 2015. In 2016, the secretariat conducted an online survey for enquiry points to collect information on members' experiences. The results of the survey formed the basis for this guide. Inputs were received

from 66 members and one acceding country.

The guide compiles practical information on how Enquiry Points are performing their tasks and overcoming everyday challenges, drawing from the practices of members. It is structured according to the tasks that an enquiry point or other governmental entity might normally undertake when implementing the TBT Agreement’s transparency provisions. The guide includes insights ranging from different models for coordination with domestic stakeholders to useful tips on how to complete the TBT notification format. This new tool supports the WTO’s training and capacity-building activities for enhancing the capacity of Enquiry Points.

The WTO-TBT Enquiry Point Guide is accessible at https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tbt_e/tbt_enquiry_point_guide_e.pdf

Enquiry Points may use the ePing, an online alert system for notifications, developed to enable swift access to regulatory information and facilitates dialogue among the public and private sector in addressing potential trade problems at an early stage. Since its launch 2 years ago, over 5,000 users from 169 countries have registered on ePing.

Notification Authority for WTO

The WTO also utilizes separate notification mechanisms for the TBT and SPS Agreements. To fill out and submit TBT notifications online, the Notification Submission System (NSS) is the online platform used by National Notification Authorities (NNA) for an interactive exchange of draft and approved technical regulations on products among the 162 members.

DTI-BPS as NEP and NNA

The DTI-BPS serves as the Philippines’ National Enquiry Point (NEP) and the National Notification Authority (NNA) for the TBT Agreement. The roles require the DTI-BPS to closely coordinate with national regulatory agencies and industry associations, among others to fulfill the country’s obligation to the TBT Agreement which aims to help governments achieve a balance between upholding legitimate regulatory policy objectives and respecting the key disciplines of multilateral trade under WTO rules, including avoiding the creation of unnecessary obstacles to international trade.

For more information on WTO and the WTO-TBT Agreement, please call the DTI-BPS at 751.4740 or 751.4748 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the BPS web portal at


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