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Lords to explore standards and regulations in trade agreements

Friday 2 October 2020

Next week the House of Lords International Agreements Sub-Committee will hear from experts on the importance of standards and regulations, in the context of international trade agreements.

The evidence session will be conducted on Zoom

Follow live on Parliament TV from 4pm Wednesday 7 October.

Giving evidence will be:

  • Sue Davies MBE, Head of Consumer Protection and Food Policy, Which?
  • Dr Scott Steedman CBE, Director of Standards, British Standards Institution (BSI)
  • Richard Rumbelow, Director of International Affairs and Export Services, Make UK

Questions are likely to include:

  • How do ‘standards’ and ‘regulations’ differ and why both are important?
  • How does the UK’s current approach to regulating and setting standards differ to that of potential trading partners, like the US?
  • How are international standards developed and used in general?
  • How can trade deals best protect consumer rights and product safety? Are there good examples that can be used as templates?
  • What does the term “food standards” encompass, how are those standards are set, and why they are such a key issue – particularly in relation to the UK-US trade talks?
  • What do you think we should look out for in digital trade provisions?
  • Do you have concerns about FTAs inhibiting the UK’s ability to regulate in key areas, like protecting the environment?
  • How well is the Government doing in involving your organisations in developing its objectives and during negotiations?

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