Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
The TBT regime has recently undergone a complete overhaul with a view to bringing it into full conformity with the requirements of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade ("TBT Agreement" ). One of the core elements of this TBT reform process was the review of the TBT legislative framework.
This legislative review was completed in early 2014. As a result, the "Seychelles Bureau of Standards Act (SBS), 2014" was enacted in March 2014 which repealed and replaced the "Seychelles Bureau of Standards Act, 1987". Other related legislation had also been reviewed and new legislation had been drafted and enacted to ensure compliance with WTO rules. Such legislation included the "Food Act, 2014"; the "Environment Protection Act, 1995"; and the "Public Health Act, 1960".
As part of the on-going TBT-related reforms, a "Policy on National Framework on Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures" had been adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers. Its purpose was to identify and set up mechanisms and related principles for the implementation of good regulatory practices in order to guide and assist Ministries and relevant regulatory agencies in the process of preparing, adopting and applying technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures with respect to products, processes, or production methods. This was aimed at ensuring the effective implementation of the provisions of the TBT Agreement.