S15 20 Years of Risk-based International Trade — Successes and Failures of the WTO

Sunday, July 26, 2015: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
B110 - B112 (Oregon Convention Center)
Primary Contact: Ian Jenson
Organizers: Ian Jenson , Yuhuan Chen and Isabel Walls
Convenors: Yuhuan Chen and Isabel Walls
It is now 20 years since the World Trade Organisation's Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement was signed. This agreement heralded an era in which international trade would be based on foods providing an acceptable level of protection to consumers in the importing country, that would be judged objectively, based on risk assessment.

The intervening 20 years has seen the development of microbiological risk assessment. These risk assessments have often been applied to international trade – sometimes they have reduced technical trade barriers – and sometimes they have created them. 

There is a lot of controversy around the application of the SPS Agreement. This symposium aims to explain the agreement, the developing science, and examine how it is used, and how it benefits (or otherwise) international trade and public health.


2:00 PM
Risk and Risk Analysis The State of the Art
Sarah Cahill, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Risk Assessment and WTO Dispute Resolution
Andrew Stephens, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
4:30 PM
International Trade Barriers Can the System Work Better?
Ian Jenson, Meat and Livestock Australia
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