OVERVIEW of survey RESPONSES
Note by the Secretariat
At its meeting of 24 April 2003, the Committee of Participants on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products requested the Secretariat to update a summary of the responses to the survey on EMC/EMI (G/IT/22). The four questions to the survey are reproduced below, along with the summary of the results, followed by a compilation of the 24 survey responses received thus far.
1. a) Does your government have mandatory technical requirements for electromagnetic interference of Information Technology equipment? If so, please identify.
Of the 24 responses to this question, 18 respondents indicated that their government had mandatory technical requirements for electromagnetic interference of IT equipment. However, in one instance these requirements did not cover most ITA products. In another case, a general statement was made to the effect that with the coming into force of a new law, technical requirements for IT products had become mandatory. With respect to the second part of this question, the 18 respondents identified their national regulations which provided the mandatory technical requirements.
Six respondents indicated that their governments had no mandatory technical requirements for electromagnetic interference of IT equipment. However, one of these noted that operators must use equipment or build their infrastructure in accordance with ITU standards or standards of any other organization recognized by that Member. Another of the six respondents indicated that radiocommunication equipment was subject to type approval testing, but the standard used was not indicated. One other respondent noted that the adoption of CISPR standards was being undertaken by the national standards body.
 This document has been prepared under the Secretariat's own responsibility and without prejudice to the positions of Members and to their rights and obligations under the WTO.