Finally, we recommend wider adoption of supplier's declaration of conformity in both markets, where companies can self-evaluate and report on compliance with standards and regulations. Experience has shown that self-declaration, coupled with effective post-market regimes (including surveillance and enforcement), offers a more flexible, trade-friendly, and cost-effective approach for meeting regulatory objectives.
During the past several years, ITI has invested considerable effort into advocating government acceptance of global, private sector-led, voluntary, consensus standards to advance ICT innovation and competition. The motivation was to encourage a broader view on what constitutes a global ICT standard and promote greater transparency and openness in the methodology employed for identifying relevant standards. ITI believes the T-TIP negotiations provide an excellent opportunity to develop a common approach on global standards and corresponding conformity assessment schemes in a manner that could serve as a model for other countries seeking to leverage ICT investments to enhance economic growth and job creation.
In some cases, those differences present distinct challenges to American and European tech companies doing business in both markets. To eliminate potentially discriminatory practices and thereby ensure the broadest possible benefits of ICT innovation and trade via T-TIP, ITI recommends that
By establishing mutual policies for advancing non-discrimination and transparency, the common approach would serve as a model to help both governments to better address many of the emerging practices of concern to the transatlantic ICT community, such as opaque standardization practices, inadequate participation rights and comment periods, and the creation of unique national technical specifications that deviate from global standards. A common transatlantic approach to standardization that adheres to the above criteria could serve as an effective tool to discourage certain standards-setting approaches in emerging markets that deviate significantly from relevant global standards and tend to favor domestic businesses.
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