Department of foreign trade policy

SPS-TBT Notification Unit

SPS-TBT Notification Unit located in Department of foreign Trade Policy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce with the rule to implement the duty on behalf of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce as provided for in Article 4 of Decree 363.

Duties:
1. Monitor, collect and notify information in compliance with the basic principles as provided for in Article 3 of Decree 363;
2. Coordinate for comments from relevant parties on incoming and outgoing information;

3. Create and update database systematically;
4. Provide training for focal points on coordination of notification;
5. Research and propose the improvement of coordination mechanism and other aspects of the Notification Unit to be more effective;
6. Regularly Report to the Minister of Industry and Commerce on activities of the Notification Unit; and
7. Perform other duties as assigned by the higher authority

Person in charge:

Mr. Itthilith NGANGNOUVONG

Tel: +856-21-450066

Fax: +856-21-450066

E-mail: sps_tbt_notification@laoftpd.com

OUTGOING NOTIFICATION

Notifying MemberSymbol, title and description of contentDistribution dateProducts ObjectivesKeywordsRegions or countries affectedComment deadline
LAO PDRG/SPS/N/LAO/2 Decision on Food Export-Import and Transit
The decision defines the principles, rules, procedures and measures for food and food additives to Lao PDR in order to...
06/12/17FoodFood safetyFood safety, Human healthAll trading partners04/02/18
LAO PDRG/SPS/N/LAO/3 "Notification" The suspending temporary of importing pork and pork products until this incident has came back to stable...
Pursuant to Notification 0945 MAF, dated 05 September 2018, there is an outbreak of ASF in Liaoning province, China....
02/10/18
FoodFood safetyAnimal diseases, Animal health, Food safety, Human healthChinaEmergency

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1United states of americaThis regulation establishes tolerances for residues of boscalid in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in the document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).11/05/201819/10/2018G/SPS/N/USA/3032
2Republic of koreaMajor Contents:
- This is the administrative rules to enforce the Act on Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides Safety from 1 January 2019 as the Act was enacted in March 2018.
- Provisions about existing risk-concerned products under the Act on Registration and Evaluation, etc. of Chemical Substances, including 23 product types (e.g. detergent), are transferred to the Act on Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides Safety, and these products are managed as consumer chemical products subject to safety check.
- Designated consumer chemical products subject to safety check should comply with their own safety and labeling standards that are similar with the current standards.

11/06/201801/01/2019G/TBT/N/KOR/797
3ChinaThe standard specifies the terms and definitions, energy efficiency grades, technical requirements, and test methods for submersible mixer of wastewater.
The standard only applies to submersible mixer driven directly by a submersible motor or decelerated by a submersible motor direct-coupled gear reducer. This standard does not apply to submersible mixer driven by hydraulic or other power sources.
11/07/20186 months after adoptionG/TBT/N/CHN/1291
4United states of americaThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is classifying the brain trauma assessment test into class II (special controls). The special controls that apply to the device type are identified in this order and will be part of the codified language for the brain trauma assessment test's classification. We are taking this action because we have determined that classifying the device into class II (special controls) will provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness of the device. We believe this action will also enhance patients' access to beneficial innovative devices, in part by reducing regulatory burdens.11/08/201814/06/2018G/TBT/N/USA/1413
5ThailandEnzymes for food processing are now covered by the MOPH Notification No. 281 B.E. 2547 (2004) Re: Food Additives. Enzymes, other than those approved by Codex General Standard for Food Additives, are required to have safety evaluations before they are allowed for use in food production. Due to differences between information requirements of enzymes and other chemical food additives, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is proposing the notification on Enzymes for Food Processing.
This notification sets the rules for industrial enzymes intended to be used in food processing both as food additives and processing aids. However, the scope of this notification excludes: enzymes for nutritional purposes; enzymes produced by traditional microbial cultures during fermentation; and enzymes used exclusively in the production of food additives or processing aids.
11/12/2018To be determined G/SPS/N/THA/254
6Russian federationDue to improvement of low epizootic situation with avian influenza in Sweden, the Russian Federation abolishes provisional import restriction on live poultry, hatching eggs, prepared poultry meat products and all kind of poultry-farming products, containing products of poultry processing.
11/12/2018To be determinedG/SPS/N/RUS/155
7Thailand Ministerial Regulation entitled Liquor Importation Permission is intended to provide procedures and conditions for Liquor Importation into the Kingdom of Thailand issued under B.E. 2560, it is summarized as follows:1. Any person, who intends to import liquors into the Kingdom of Thailand, shall submit an application for Liquor Importation License together with the relevant documents to the Area Excise Office or the Branch Office where the customs office for liquor importation is located.
2. In case where the person desiring to apply for the Liquor Importation License type one, the following procedure shall be completed prior to submitting the application mentioned in 1:
2.1 Submit a label request form and the sample of labels used on the liquor for label approval. The evidence of sole distributor for imported liquors is required.
2.2 Submit sample of liquor to the Director General of the Excise Department for quality examination or provide the certificate of analysis to ensure that the liquors meet its requirement. Such certificate shall be issued by the agency which the Director General designated as the Quality Examination Agency, the foreign government agency or other agencies certified by the foreign government.
It should be noted that the enclosed full text in English version is unofficial translation. In case of a discrepancy, the Thai original shall prevail.
The Excise Department provides statutory exception and transitional period for importer to comply with article 5(2) of the regulation by allowing the importation of liquor into Thailand before submitting samples of liquors or certificate of result.
The importer shall submit the liquor or certificate of result of liquor sample to the Excise Department within 30 days after the date of importation.
This exemption will only be implemented for the application, which has been provided before 14 March 2019
15/11/201816/09/2017G/TBT/N/THA/524
8CanadaThe objectives of the notified document PMRL2018-44 are to consult on:
1) the listed maximum residue limits (MRLs) for tetrachlorvinphos that have been proposed by Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA);
MRL (ppm)1 Raw Agricultural Commodity (RAC) and/or Processed Commodity
10 Apples
1.5 Fat of cattle
1.5 Fat of hogs
10 Grapes
1.5 Meat of cattle
1.5 Meat of hogs
1.5 Meat by-products of cattle
1.5 Meat by-products of hogs
1 ppm = parts per million
and
2) to consult on the proposed MRLs revocations for carbofuran, diazinon, dicofol, dinocap, diphenamid, disulfoton, nicotine, phosalone, pirimicarb, sodium trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and vinclozolin and corresponding commodities identified in the PMRL.
19/11/2018On the date the measure is adoptedG/SPS/N/CAN/1214
9ChinaThe Rules describe the scope of application, certification mode, major process of certification, general requirements for certification, certificate, use of certification mark, charge, etc.04/02/190001/10/2019G/TBT/N/CHN/1301
10JanpanProposal for the amendments of the maximum residue limits (MRLs) for the agricultural chemical: Chlorpropham.
Commodity (for feed) Proposed MRL(mg/kg) Current MRL(mg/kg)
Oats 0.02 -
Barley 0.02 0.05
Wheat 0.02 0.05
Maize 0.05 0.05
Rye 0.02 0.05
Note: The MRLs are established for the parent compound Chlorpropham only.
22/11/2018To be determinedG/SPS/N/JPN/604
11MalaysiaThe proposed new regulation requires any person who wishes to import, manufacture, package, store, distribute or advertise for sale or sell honey and kelulut honey or stingless bee honey, stevia extract and enzymatically modified stevia, supplemented food and premix coffee to obtain approval from the Director.11/02/1900To be determinedG/TBT/N/MYS/80
12ThailandThe Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is proposing to revise the MOPH Notification concerning "The Labeling of Prepackaged Foods" as follows:
1. The Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 244) B.E. 2544 (2001), Re: Labelling of Foods Packed Together with Material Intended for Qualities Control Purpose, dated 26 September, the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 245) B.E. 2544 (2001), Re: Labelling of Foods Containing Aloe Vera, dated 2 October and the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 255) B.E. 2545 (2002), Re: Labelling of Foods with Ginkgo biloba Leaves or Extraction from Ginkgo biloba Leaves, dated 30 May, shall be repealed;
2. An annex of the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 367) B.E. 2557 (2014), Re: Labeling of Prepackaged Foods dated 8 May B.E. 2557 (2014), shall be repealed and replaced with Annex of this notification;
3. As (16) in Clause 14 of the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 367) B.E. 2557 (2014), Re: Labeling of Prepackaged Foods dated 8 May B.E. 2557 (2014) and the Notification of the Public Health (No. 383) B.E. 2560 (2017), Re: Labeling of Prepackaged Foods (No. 2) dated 27 February, the following message is added: "(16) Additional texts advised by the Food Commission with an approval from the Food and Drug Administration";
4. 4. This notification shall come into force from the day following date of its publication in the Thai Royal Gazette.
29/11/2018To be determined
13EUROPEAN UNION This draft Regulation amends Regulation (EU) No 582/2011 with respect to emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, regarding the Auxiliary Emission Strategies (AES), the transfer of provisions on access to vehicle repair and maintenance information and the introduction of cold engine start provisions and particle number measurement in vehicle testing by means of portable emissions measurement systems (PEMS).30/11/201820 days from publication in the official journal of the EU (The provisions shall apply from 1 september 2020)G/TBT/N/EU/624
14ThailandThe Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is proposing to revise the MOPH notification concerning "Food seasoning derived from the hydrolysis or fermentation of soybean protein" as follows:1. Clause 9 of the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health Re: Food seasoning derived from the hydrolysis or fermentation of soybean protein dated 6 May 2010 is repealed and shall be replaced by the following statements:
9. Labeling of food seasoning derived from hydrolysis or fermentation of soybean shall comply with the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health Re: Labeling of Prepackaged Foods and shall be declared with the following statements:
(1) food seasoning derived from the hydrolysis or fermentation of soybean protein containing edible salt as an ingredient and iodine added during the production process or food seasoning derived from the hydrolysis or fermentation of soybean protein containediodized salt as an ingredient, shall be declared as follows:
(1.1) In case of it contained edible salt as an ingredient and iodine added during the production process, the text of "Iodine……mg/l" or "Use iodine as an ingredient" or "Iodine added" shall be displayed in a prominent position.
(1.2) In case of it contained iodized salt as an ingredient, the one of any following text shall be displayed:
1. The text of "Edible salt fortified with iodine…………%" or "Iodine fortified salt……%" or "Iodized salt……%" shall be displayed in the main ingredients; or 2. The text of "Use edible salt fortified with iodine" or "Use iodine fortified salt" or "Use iodized salt" or "Mixed with edible salt fortified with iodine" or "Mixed with iodine fortified salt" or "Mixed with iodized salt" shall be displayed in a prominent position.
The producer or importer may specify the type of salt such as "sea salt" or "rock salt" with such statements"
2. This Notification shall come into force on the following date after its publication in the Thai Royal Gazette.

30/11/2018On the date after being notified in the Thai Royal Gazette.G/TBT/N/THA/526
15United States Of America The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is proposing to amend its regulations governing the labeling and advertising of wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverages. TTB proposes to reorganize and recodify these regulations in order to simplify and clarify regulatory standards, incorporate guidance documents and current policy into the regulations, and reduce the regulatory burden on industry members where possible.30/11/2018To be determinedG/TBT/N/USA/1429
16United States Of AmericaThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods--Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA proposes several amendments to the HMR that would allow for increased alignment with the Transport Canada, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations.30/11/2018To be determinedG/TBT/N/USA/1430
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