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1 Presentation at Symposium on Information Technology World Trade Organization Secretariat Geneva, Switzerland July 16, 1999

2 Redundant Testing and Certification as Impediments to Economic Development

3 Problem Seven-Fold Increase Worldwide in Regulatory Standards and Certifications for IT Products Since 1989

4 309 July, 1999 Global Regulatory Standards and Certifications Information Technology Equipment Relative No. Data provided by Hewlett-Packard Company 7X

5 Redundant Testing and Certification Requirements Have Resulted In: Delays in Getting IT Product to People –Life Cycle of an IT Product is between 12 and 18 months Hundreds of millions in additional cost ultimately borne by the people who buy these products No benefit to the purchaser of the IT products

6 Proposed Solution Adoption of a new model based on: ONE STANDARD-ONE TEST, SUPPLIERS DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY (1-1SDoC) Applicable to Information Technology Products in the area of: -Electrical Safety; and -Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)

7 One Standard-One Test, Suppliers Declaration of Conformity (1-1SDoC) One Standard means adopting regulations based on existing recognized International Standards One Test means providing for one-time testing of products by accepting testing performed anywhere in the world by the supplier or a third party Suppliers Declaration means accepting documentation that testifies to the fact that requisite product tests have been performed either by the manufacturer or a third party

8 Nature of the Problem More a regulation-writing problem than a standards-writing problem More a government-generated issue than a technical issue

9 BECAUSE International Standards in both areas already exist –International electrotechnical commission (IEC) for safety of IT equipment (safety) –International special committee on radio interface (CISPR) 22 for electromagnetic emissions from IT equipment (EMI)

10 IS Implementation of the 1-1SDoC Model Feasible for the IT Sector? Most Countries already reference these global safety and EMI standards for IT products Early adopters of versions of 1-1SDoC include: - Australia (EMI) - Canada (EMI) - EU (EMI and Safety) - Hong Kong (Safety)

11 Benefits of Adopting the Approach Access to latest technology more quickly at reduced costs Promote E-commerce by making the central instruments in the development of E- commerce more cheaply and readily available Make it possible for small and medium sized companies to participate in the international IT market by eliminating redundant technical barriers to participation in that market

12 In summary, this is about: A growing problem Redundant testing and certification requirements Added, unnecessary costs for customers of IT products A streamlined process for getting products to people Access to latest technology at reduced costs

13 Summary, (continued) Synergies that will underpin and enhance overall National IT strategies Writing Government regulations not creating standards Uniformly implementing existing international EMI and safety standards Enhancing possibilities to fully participate in new trading opportunities Facilitating Trade

14 Next Steps Urge Public Release of WTO survey on use of EMI- and-Safety-related standards in national regulations Support ITA committees on-going work on standards and conformity assessment Monitor and build on discussions underway in the Standards and Conformity Subcommittee (SCSC) of APECs Trade and Investment Committee Participate in the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (TBTA) explorations of means to facilitate trade

15 For Additional Information, visit the following websites: Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) –Background information for WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Committee Symposium, June 8-9, 1999 –www.itic.org/iss_pol/index.html International Information Industry Congress (IIIC) –IIIC Common Views Paper on Trade Facilitation and Regulatory Reform in Information Technology & VDMA- FVEI –www.fvit-eurobit.de/PAGES/IIIC/Positions/Trade_Facilitation.html The Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) –Recommendations of the Electronics, Electrical, Information Technology and Telecommunications sector (EETIS) on Suppliers Declaration of Conformity –www.tabd.org


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