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I read that differently
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 24 2007 @ 08:07 AM CDT
Sorry Rick, but I read these treaties completely differently. They are binding, and at least in the EU, an ISO standard must be used if available.

WTO agreements:
http://www.wto.org/ english/docs_e/legal_e/final_e.htm

ANNEX 4(b) AGREEMENT ON GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT

Article VI
Technical Specifications

1. Technical specifications laying down the characteristics of the products or services to be procured, such as quality, performance, safety and dimensions, symbols, terminology, packaging, marking and labelling, or the processes and methods for their production and requirements relating to conformity assessment procedures prescribed by procuring entities, shall not be prepared, adopted or applied with a view to, or with the effect of, creating unnecessary obstacles to international trade.

2. Technical specifications prescribed by procuring entities shall, where appropriate:
(a) be in terms of performance rather than design or descriptive characteristics; and
(b) be based on international standards, where such exist; otherwise, on national technical regulations

3, recognized national standards

4, or building codes.

(my emphasis, sorry for the mangled layout)

From:
http://www.wto.org/e nglish/docs_e/legal_e/gpr-94.pdf

EU procurement rules have a likewise rule on non-discrimination in technical specification (by way of the UK site): http://www.ogc.gov.uk/documents/NonDiscriminationInTechnicalSpecification s .pdf

Sorry, can't copy a quote, but it is section 2, page 2.

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