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The description of the SPS measures as per the NTM codes

The description of the SPS measures as per the NTM codes

NTM Code




Prohibitions for sanitary and phytosanitary reasons

Prohibition of imports that can pose sanitary and phytosanitary risks, such as the prohibition of products originating from countries or regions affected by infectious or contagious diseases, or the prohibition of products that can be toxic or poisonous to consumers. Measures included in this category are generally of an ad hoc and time-bound nature


Geographical restrictions on eligibility

Prohibition of imports of specified products from specific countries or regions due to lack of evidence of sufficient safety conditions to avoid sanitary and phytosanitary hazards. The restriction is imposed automatically until the country concerned proves it has employed satisfactory sanitary and phytosanitary measures that are considered acceptable to provide a certain level of protection against hazards. Eligible countries are put on a positive list. Imports from other countries are prohibited. The list may include authorized production establishments within the eligible country.


Systems approach

An approach that combines two or more independent sanitary and phytosanitary measures for the same product. The combined measures can be composed of any number of interrelated measures and conformity-assessment requirements applied during all stages of production.


Authorization requirement for sanitary and phytosanitary reasons for importing certain product

Requirement that the authorization, permit, approval, or license related to a consignment shall be received from a relevant government agency for sanitary and phytosanitary reasons, before the importation can take place.


Authorization requirement for importers for sanitary and phytosanitary reasons

Requirement that the importers (importing company) should be authorized, registered and receive a permit, licence or any other kind of approval to engage in the business of importing certain products. To obtain such approval, importers may need to comply with certain requirements, documentation and registration fees. This includes cases where the registration or authorization of establishments producing certain products is required. The authorization is not tied to each consignment, but is applied to importers to lawfully engage in the business of importation of certain products


Prohibitions or restrictions of imports for sanitary and phytosanitary reasons, not elsewhere specified



Tolerance limits for residues of or contamination by certain (non-microbiological) substances

A measure that establishes a maximum residue limit or tolerance limit of substances such as fertilisers, pesticides and certain chemicals and metals in food and feed that are used during their production process but are not their intended ingredients. The measure includes a permissible maximum level for nonmicrobiological contaminants. Measures related to microbiological contaminants are classified under A4 below.


Restricted use of certain substances in foods and feeds and their contact materials

Restriction on or prohibition of the use of certain substances contained in food and feed. This includes restrictions on substances contained in food containers that might migrate to food.


Labelling requirements

Measures defining the information directly related to food safety, which should be provided to the consumer. Labelling is any written, electronic or graphic communication on the consumer packaging or on a separate but associated label


Marking requirement

Measures defining the information for transport and customs that the transport or distribution packaging of goods should carry that is directly related to sanitary and phytosanitary conditions


Packaging requirements

Measures regulating the mode in which goods must or cannot be packed or defining the packaging materials to be used, which are directly related to food safety


Microbiological criteria of the final product

Statement regarding the microorganisms of concern and/or their toxins/ metabolites and the reason for that concern, the analytical methods for their detection and/or quantification in the final product. Microbiological limits should take into consideration the risk associated with the microorganisms and the conditions under which the product is expected to be handled and consumed. Microbiological limits should also take into account the likelihood of uneven distribution of microorganisms in the product and the inherent variability of the analytical procedure.


Hygienic practices during production related to sanitary and phytosanitary conditions

Requirements that the establishments and equipment used during the manufacturing and processing stages of the products should be clean and meet sanitary conditions. This measure also includes good hygienic practices for the
personnel taking part in any stage of manufacturing.


Hygienic requirements not elsewhere specified



Cold or heat treatment

Requirement of cooling or heating of products below or above a certain temperature for a certain period of time to kill targeted pests, either prior to, or upon arrival in the destination country. Specific facilities on land or ships could be requested. If the latter, containers should be equipped properly to conduct cold or heat treatment and should include temperature sensors



Requirement to kill or devitalize microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, or insects that might be present in food and feed products by using irradiated energy (ionizing radiation).



A process of exposing insects, fungal spores or other organisms to the fumes of a chemical at a lethal strength in an enclosed space for a given period of time. A fumigant is a chemical, which at a required temperature and pressure, can exist in a gaseous state in sufficient concentration to be lethal to a given pest


Treatments to eliminate plants and animal pests or disease-causing organisms in the final product not elsewhere specified or prohibition of treatment



Plant-growth processes

Requirements relating to how a plant should be grown in terms of conditions such as those related to temperature, light, spacing between plants, water, oxygen and mineral nutrients


Animal-raising or -catching processes

Requirements relating to how an animal should be raised or caught in light of sanitary and phytosanitary concerns.


Food and feed processing

Requirements relating to how food or feed production should take place in order to meet sanitary conditions for the final products.


Storage and transport conditions

Requirements relating to certain conditions under which food and feed, plants and animals should be stored and/or transported.


Other requirements relating to production or postproduction processes not elsewhere specified



Product registration and approval requirement

Requirement that the product shall be registered or approved before it can be imported. Normally, the products must be proven to be safe to be registered or approved. This type of requirement might generally apply to products such as food additives. Unlike A14, this requirement is not tied to a consignment. The measure may include provisions describing types of pest-control products that are exempt from registration and procedures detailing the registration process, including provisions relating to distribution, import, sampling and detention.


Testing requirements

Requirements that products be tested against a given regulation, such as a maximum residue limit. This type of measure includes cases where there are sampling requirements.


Certification requirements

Certification of conformity with a given regulation that is required by the importing
country but may be issued in the exporting or the importing country


Inspection requirements

Product inspection required by the importing country; may be performed by public or private entities; does not include laboratory analysis


Traceability requirements

Information disclosure requirements that make it possible to track a product through the stages of production, processing and distribution. This measure includes recordkeeping requirements.


Origin of materials and parts

Requirements relating to the disclosure of information on the origin of materials and parts used in the final product. This measure includes recordkeeping requirements.


Processing history

Requirements relating to the disclosure of information during all stages of production. This measure includes recordkeeping. The information required may include the location, processing methods and/or equipment and materials used


Distribution and location of products after delivery

Requirements relating to the disclosure of information on when and how the goods have been distributed from the time of their delivery to distributors until they reach the final consumer. This measure includes recordkeeping requirements.


Traceability requirements not elsewhere specified



Quarantine requirements

Requirements to detain or isolate animals, plants or their products on arrival in a port or place for a given period to prevent the spread of infectious or contagious disease or contamination


Conformity assessment related to sanitary and phytosanitary conditions not elsewhere specified



Sanitary and phytosanitary measures not elsewhere specified


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