Analytical Note, December 2003

Linking Mode 4 and Domestic Regulation.

This note discusses some possible ways in which Mode 4 could be addressed within Article VI:4 on domestic regulation. More specifically it tries to show how qualification requirements and procedures, technical standards and licensing requirements may impact the movement of natural persons under Mode 4.

This note is divided into two parts. The first part discusses the relationship between Mode 4 and domestic regulation and the current status of Working Party on Domestic Regulation (WPDR) discussions. This includes a brief analysis of how Mode 4 relates to each of the regulatory categories (qualification requirements, qualification procedures, licensing requirements, licensing requirements and technical standards).

The second part, provided as an annex, gives a list of examples of regulatory measures that fall under Article VI:4 (compiled from various WTO documents) that can be linked to Mode 4.

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