1. The Joint Management Committee for Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the
“Joint Management Committee”), established under Article 26.2.1(d), comprises
regulatory and trade representatives of each Party responsible for SPS measures.
2. The functions of the Joint Management Committee include:
(a) to monitor the implementation of this Chapter, to consider any matter related to
this Chapter and to examine all matters which may arise in relation to its
(b) to provide direction for the identification, prioritisation, management and
resolution of issues;
(c) to address any request by a Party to modify an import check;
(d) at least once a year, to review the annexes to this Chapter, notably in the light
of progress made under the consultations provided for under this Agreement.
Following its review, the Joint Management Committee may decide to amend
the annexes to this Chapter. The Parties may approve the Joint Management
Committee’s decision, in accordance with their respective procedures
necessary for the entry into force of the amendment. The decision enters into
force on a date agreed by the Parties;
(e) to monitor the implementation of a decision referred to in subparagraph (d),
above, as well as the operation of measures referred to under subparagraph (d)
(f) to provide a regular forum to exchange information that relates to each Party’s
regulatory system, including the scientific and risk assessment basis for an SPS
(g) to prepare and maintain a document that details the state of discussions
between the Parties on their work on recognition of the equivalence of specific
3. The Joint Management Committee may, among other things:
(a) identify opportunities for greater bilateral engagement, including enhanced
relationships, which may include an exchange of officials;
(b) discuss at an early stage, a change to, or a proposed change to, an SPS measure
(c) facilitate improved understanding between the Parties on the implementation of
the SPS Agreement, and promote cooperation between the Parties on SPS
issues under discussion in multilateral fora, including the WTO Committee on
Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and international standard-setting bodies,
as appropriate; or
(d) identify and discuss, at an early stage, initiatives that have an SPS component,
and that would benefit from cooperation.
4. The Joint Management Committee may establish working groups comprising expertlevel
representatives of the Parties, to address specific SPS issues.
5. A Party may refer any SPS issue to the Joint Management Committee. The Joint
Management Committee should consider the issue as expeditiously as possible.
6. If the Joint Management Committee is unable to resolve an issue expeditiously, it
shall, at the request of a Party, report promptly to the CETA Joint Committee.
7. Unless the Parties decide otherwise, the Joint Management Committee shall meet
and establish its work programme no later than 180 days following the entry into
force of this Agreement, and its rules of procedure no later than one year after the
entry into force of this Agreement.
8. Following its initial meeting, the Joint Management Committee shall meet as
required, normally on an annual basis. The Joint Management Committee may
decide to meet by videoconference or teleconference, and it may also address issues
out of session by correspondence.
9. The Joint Management Committee shall report annually on its activities and work
programme to the CETA Joint Committee.
10. Upon entry into force of this Agreement, each Party shall designate and inform the
other Party, in writing, of a contact point to coordinate the Joint Management
Committee’s agenda and to facilitate communication on SPS matters.