In accordance with Article 1, this agreement applies to all industrial and agricultural products, with the exception of services, sanitary and plant health measures (as defined in the agreement on the application of sanitary and plant health measures) and “purchase specifications established by public authorities for production or consumption needs” (Article 1.4).  Because the WTO is based on consensus, it is extremely difficult to reach agreement on reforms among the 164 members. One possibility that could move forward could be a multi-lateral agreement with a group of like-minded countries on a new set of rules that would complement the broader WTO. Nevertheless, the European Commissioner for Trade hastily and arbitrarily imposed the ban. It goes against the letter and spirit of the SPS agreement. Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) is a WTO agreement that… What is the SPS agreement? Is it justified that the EU bans Indian Alphonso under the SPS agreement? (200 words) This introduction examines the text of the SPS agreement as contained in the final act of Uruguay`s round of multilateral trade negotiations, signed in Marrakech on 15 April 1994. This agreement and other agreements contained in the final act are part of the Treaty establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO) with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade as amended (GATT 1994). The WTO has replaced GATT as the umbrella organization for international trade. The SPS agreement was negotiated during the Uruguay Round. Under the SPS agreement, the WTO sets limits on Member States` policy on food security (bacterial contaminants, pesticides, inspection and labelling) and animal and plant health (phyto-hygiene) with regard to pests and imported diseases.
The agreement on technical barriers to trade was last renegotiated during the Uruguay Round. The CTA ensures that technical regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary impediments to trade. The agreement prohibits technical requirements that are created to restrict trade, contrary to technical requirements created for legitimate purposes, such as consumer or environmental protection. The TBT agreement is closely linked to the SPS agreement. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only international organization in the world to deal with the rules of trade between nations. The focus is on WTO agreements, which have been negotiated and signed by most countries in the world and ratified by their parliaments. Yes, the WTO has two specific “safety” agreements: the CTA exists to ensure that technical regulations, standards, tests and certification procedures do not create unnecessary trade barriers. The agreement prohibits technical requirements that are created to restrict trade, contrary to technical requirements created for legitimate purposes, such as consumer or environmental protection.
 Its objective is to avoid unnecessary barriers to international trade and to recognize all WTO members in order to protect legitimate interests on the basis of their regulatory autonomy, although they encourage the application of international standards. The list of legitimate interests that may justify a trade restriction is not exhaustive and covers the protection of the environment, health and safety of people and animals.  – Communication by members of demonstrations and mutual recognition agreements under the OBT agreement.