Is certification a technical barrier to trade?

Ideally, certification is supposed to promote a given brand or product and service by demonstrating that the particular brand, product or service meets requirements of specific standards.

Seen from this perspective certification promotes trade by demonstrating quality of products or brands and services.

A technical barrier to trade may arise when costs are prohibitive to most stakeholders especially smaller stakeholders or processes and procedures take too long to be completed hence increasing the cost of doing business.

The certification scheme has provided for reasonable fees and favourable timelines to ensure that all activities are completed in a timely manner or as soon as possible.