Technical Barriers to Trade

As tariff barriers have fallen, standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures have become increasingly visible as impediments to international trade.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has estimated that, depending on the product, differing standards and technical regulations in different markets and the need for multiple testing and certification may constitute between 2% and 10% of overall costs of production.

The Department of Innovation, Industry Science and Research advises on a variety of domestic and international matters relating to technical and regulatory barriers to trade. These include:

Contact: Brian Phillips

Manager, Standards and Conformance Policy

GPO Box 9839

CanberraACT 2601

Ph:   +61 2 6213 6156

Fax: +61 2 6290 8827


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