Phytosanitary standards workshop for region in November


The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) has announced a regional workshop for the Asia-Pacific region on the use of a new decision-support tool, based on Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), to help prioritise and make choices between competing sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity building needs. <!--more-->The workshop is scheduled to take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 12-13 November 2012, says a news release.

The MCDA Tool provides a structured process to aid SPS decision-making, which can help enhance the economic efficiency of SPS investment decisions, promote more transparent and accountable choices between multiple capacity building options, and facilitate more inclusive decision-making processes.

The regional workshop will provide an introduction to the MCDA Tool and how it is used, including hands-on training on the computer software used to support the analysis. The workshop is open to experts from government agencies and regional organisations with direct responsibility for SPS issues in countries in the Asia and the Pacific Region.

Interested experts are invited to apply using the application form on the STDF website:

The STDF has limited funds available to support selected experts from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region who are: (i) mid- to high-level officials with direct responsibility for food safety, animal health, plant health and/or trade; (ii) knowledgeable about SPS constraints affecting their country/region; (iii) actively interested to disseminate and apply the MCDA approach after the workshop.

Space for this workshop is limited and the STDF Secretariat will communicate with successful applicants in September 2012. For more information please email


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