The U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), negotiated to replace NAFTA, officially entered into force on July 1. Most modern trade agreements contain a section about Technical Barriers to Trade (TBTs) that are consistent with WTO rules. USMCA also contains a chapter about Good Regulatory Practices (GRP) that aims to create a transparent enforcement infrastructure. When TBT and GRP chapters are robust in trade agreements, there are benefits for Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) and Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs). The provisions will not likely change SDO and CAB status and practice in the U.S., but they could create real opportunities for harmonization or mutual recognition in Canada and especially in Mexico.
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