As tariff barriers have fallen, standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures have become increasingly visible as impediments to international trade.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has estimated that, depending on the product, differing standards and technical regulations in different markets and the need for multiple testing and certification may constitute between 2% and 10% of overall costs of production.
The Department of Innovation, Industry Science and Research advises on a variety of domestic and international matters relating to technical and regulatory barriers to trade. These include:
Contact: Brian Phillips
Manager, Standards and Conformance Policy
GPO Box 9839
Ph: +61 2 6213 6156
Fax: +61 2 6290 8827