chapter  3
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Does the New GATT Agreement Change the Status of ISO Standards?

The 1994 General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) makes clear reference to international standards set by the ISO. When a country creates a national standard or guideline, then the international community acknowledges that this country is presumed to have avoided initiating an unnecessary obstacle to international trade through the new regulation. Because of these and other clear references in the GATT, standards developed by the ISO have acquired a very important status.