WTO Document derestriction


Documents issued after 14 May 2002

Revised procedures for the circulation and derestriction of WTO documents were adopted by the General Council on 14 May:


WT/L/452   Procedures for the Circulation and Derestriction of WTO Documents - Decision of 14 May 2002  (16/05/2002)


Documents issued by WTO Bodies not covered by WT/L/452


GPA/72

 

Procedures for the Circulation and Derestriction of Documents of the Committee on Government Procurement - Decision of 8 October 2002 (23/10/2002)

   
TCA/8

 

Committee on Trade in Civil Aircraft - Procedures for the Circulation and Derestriction of Documents under the Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft - Decision of 13 November 2002 (03/12/2002)



Documents issued before 15 May 2002

Procedures for the circulation and derestriction of WTO documents were adopted by the General Council on 18 July 1996 and were applied retroactively to all WTO documents circulated after the date of entry into force of the WTO Agreement, and also apply to all documents circulated up to and including 14 May 2002:


WT/L/160/Rev.1

 

Procedures for the Circulation and Derestriction of WTO Documents - Decision adopted by the general Council on 18 July 1996 - Revision 26/07/1996.




Derestriction procedure in Documents online


Documents issued after 14 May 2002

The derestriction of documents for which a date of derestriction can be predicted in accordance with the procedure described in WT/L/452 is automatic and the documents become publicly available in Documents online on the prescribed date; all other restricted documents are derestricted individually by the responsible Body when appropriate, in accordance with the procedure described in WT/L/452.


Documents issued before 15 May 2002

Periodically, all restricted documents are reviewed for derestriction by the Organization in accordance with the procedure described in the previous section entitled "Documents issued before 15 May 2002"; the changed status of newly derestricted documents is announced in a WTO document which is circulated in the WT/DER/... series. This document is posted on the Internet and is accessible to the general public; the Internet database is then updated and the documents are made available to the general public. Normally this procedure is complete within 24 hours of the circulation of each WT/DER/ document issued; a list of documents remaining restricted is issued occasionally in the WT/DER/RM/ series.



Restriction indicator inside the document

All restricted documents are issued with a RESTRICTED indicator at the top right hand corner of the document. In case of the derestriction of a restricted document, this indicator is not removed from the document itself. The only reliable means to ascertain the actual restriction status of a document is to consult Documents online. If the document in question displays the R indicator in the results list, the document is still restricted. The D indicator denotes that the document has been derestricted and is now publicly available.