Tracking Regulatory Changes by WTO Members
Each year, foreign governments notify the World Trade Organization (WTO) about changes in their domestic regulations that could impact international trade in food and agricultural products. Under WTO rules, other WTO member countries have the opportunity to evaluate these regulatory changes to determine whether they might pose sanitary/phytosanitary (SPS) concerns or technical barriers to trade (TBT).
This system, System for Tracking Agricultural Regulations (STAR), allows users to monitor and evaluate these notifications and provide input to FAS that can be incorporated into official U.S. government comments. The system also helps U.S. businesses remain abreast of global regulatory developments that may affect their exports.
Go directly to STAR.
If you do not already have a USDA eAuthentication account, you must create one before accessing the system. Visit https://www.eauth.usda.gov/ and request Level 1 access.
Once your eAuthentication account is established, go to https://www.fas.usda.gov/sps_tbt_dms and follow the instructions to create your account. When your request is processed, you will receive an e-mail indicating that your account has been activated.
If you have questions about the system, email US.SPSenquirypoint@fas.usda.gov or call (202) 720-9124.