Normativa otros paísesJun. 22, 2011
Qatar: principios y requisitos para ser aplicados por el país exportador y el importador del Consejo de Cooperación del Golfo para asegurar la inocuidad e idoneidad de los envíos de alimentos importados
9 June 2011
|Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures||Original: English|
|1.||Notifying Member: Qatar
If applicable, name of local government involved:
|2.||Agency responsible: Ministry of Environment, Laboratories & Standardization Affairs|
|3.||Products covered (provide tariff item number(s) as specified in national schedules deposited with the WTO; ICS numbers should be provided in addition, where applicable): Foodstuffs (ICS Code 67.04)|
|4.||Regions or countries likely to be affected, to the extent relevant or practicable:
[X] All trading partners
[ ] Specific regions or countries:
|5.||Title of the notified document: GCC Guide for Control on Imported Foods Language(s): English (with some items in dual language: English/Arabic) Number of pages: 36|
|6.||Description of content: The Guide describes the principles and regulatory requirements to be applied by exporters/importers to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in assuring the safety and suitability of food shipments. Specific attestations for animal and plant health certification are also provided in the Guide.
While regulatory requirements and procedures for imported foods are not as yet fully harmonized between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), this Guide will contribute to the harmonization process. In particular, the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will continue work towards a fully risk-based approach to assuring the safety of imported foods.
|7.||Objective and rationale: [X] food safety, [ ] animal health, [ ] plant protection, [X] protect humans from animal/plant pest or disease, [ ] protect territory from other damage from pests.|
|8.||Is there a relevant international standard? If so, identify the standard:
[X] Codex Alimentarius Commission (e.g. title or serial number of Codex standard or related text) Codex Alimentarius 1995. Codex Standard 198-1995. Volume 7 (53-60)
[X] World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) (e.g. Terrestrial or Aquatic Animal Health Code, chapter number)
[X] International Plant Protection Convention (e.g. ISPM number)
[ ] None
Does this proposed regulation conform to the relevant international standard?
[X] Yes [ ] No
If no, describe, whenever possible, how and why it deviates from the international standard: The proposed Guide is based on endorsing various Codex definitions and principles of risk analysis as well as the texts relevant to food imports and health certificates. These include, but are not limited to:
CAC/RCP 58-2005 CAC/GL 26-1997 CAC/GL 38-2001
CAC/GL 67-2008 CAC/RCP 57-2004 CAC/GL 48-2004
Additionally, referencing was noted in various parts of the document, including health attestations, to the need for harmony with the international parameters set by the Codex Alimentarius, OIE, and IPPC, particularly where no GCC requirements are available.
The document was reviewed by a panel of internationally recognized experts to ensure consistency with international requirements.
|9.||Other relevant documents and language(s) in which these are available:|
|10.||Proposed date of adoption (dd/mm/yy): To be determined.
Proposed date of publication (dd/mm/yy): To be determined.
|11.||Proposed date of entry into force: [ ] Six months from date of publication, and/or (dd/mm/yy): To be determined.
[ ] Trade facilitating measure
|12.||Final date for comments: [X] Sixty days from the date of circulation of the notification and/or (dd/mm/yy): 8 August 2011
Agency or authority designated to handle comments: [ ] National Notification Authority, [X] National Enquiry Point. Address, fax number and e‑mail address (if available) of other body:
|13.||Texts available from: [ ] National Notification Authority, [X] National Enquiry Point. Address, fax number and e‑mail address (if available) of other body:
Ministry of Environment, Laboratories & Standardization Affairs
Standards and Metrology Department
P.O Box 23277
State of Qatar
Tel: +(974) 4413 9554
Fax: +(974) 4413 9543