Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement: Fact sheets

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures


The SPS Chapter covers market access issues affecting quarantine and food safety, consistent with World Trade Organization rules. Two committees have been established:

Both countries have reaffirmed that decisions on matters affecting quarantine and food safety will be based on science. The agreement preserves the rights of both countries to protect animal, plant and human health and life in their respective territories. Australia's regulatory systems, risk assessment and policy development processes are not affected, and the AUSFTA does not compromise Australia's quarantine regime.