Standards

CLDP provides support to government attorneys, civil servants, authorities for trade, regulations and standards and relevant private sector stakeholders to promote greater understanding of the relevant standards and conformity assessment processes in the U.S. and foreign countries.

In coordination with partner organizations, CLDP designs programs that present an overview of the U.S. Standards setting system, TBT Enquiry point and notification review through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the function of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as well as the operation and purpose of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Energy and the American Society for Quality in setting and maintaining quality and consistent standards. In response to specific requests by foreign governments, CLDP organizes meetings between government officials and product associations in a given industry to address specific product standards questions.

Upcoming Programs

May 11, 2020 - May 13, 2020

CLDP, in coordination with experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration conducted a workshop on transparency and good regulatory practice in the development and implementation of sanitary and phyto-sanitary rules and regulations. During the October 2019 Joint Commercial Council in Chisinau, Moldova’s then-Minister of Agriculture noted a need to strengthen Moldova’s ability to comply with its WTO transparency obligations and to improve its overall ability to notify and take comment on new measures during the regulatory development process. The workshop focused on exploring different notice and comment models, promoting evidence-based regulatory decision making, interagency coordination, participation in the WTO SPS Committee, and notification of new or amended measures to relevant international bodies, which will help Moldova meet its WTO SPS Agreement obligations.

CLDP in Action

November 4, 2019 - November 7, 2019

On November 4-7, in Dubai, UAE, CLDP participated in a Self-Assessment and Planning Workshop organized by the Afghanistan Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative International Secretariat. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global standard to promote open and accountable management of natural resources. The workshop aimed to assess Afghanistan’s readiness for reinstatement as an EITI-implementing country which is key to increasing foreign direct investment in the country’s minerals sector.