This decision has been criticized for over-extending the term “mandatory,” making the distinction between technical rules and standards meaningless.  11.8 In terms of advice and technical assistance to other members covered by paragraphs 1 to 7, members prioritize the needs of the least developed countries. 2.10 Subject to the provisions in paragraph 9, subject to the provisions in paragraph 9, where urgent safety, health, environmental protection or national security issues arise or threaten to arise for a member, that member may omit the measures covered in paragraph 9, provided that the member, after the adoption of a technical regulation, , complies with technical requirements or standards. The obligation to avoid unnecessary interference with trade also applies to compliance assessment procedures. An unnecessary barrier to trade could result from stricter or more tedious procedures than is necessary to assess whether a product complies with the domestic laws and regulations of the importing country. For example, information requirements should not be greater than necessary and the introduction of compliance assessment and sample selection devices should not cause unnecessary inconvenience to officers (Articles 5.2.3 and 5.2.6). When is a technical regulation an unnecessary barrier to trade? 2.9.2 inform the other members, through the secretariat, of the by-products covered by the proposed technical regulation, as well as a brief indication of their purpose and justification. These notifications come at an appropriate stage, where changes can still be made and comments can be considered; The free trade agreements concluded by the United States also contain a chapter containing provisions on technical barriers to trade that must be respected in order to seek preferential treatment under the agreement. These chapters can be accessed through free trade agreements. Aware of the important contribution that international standards and compliance assessment systems can make in this regard by improving production efficiency and facilitating the implementation of international trade; 10.1.1 any technical regulations adopted or proposed on their territory by central or local authorities, by non-governmental bodies legally empowered to enforce technical regulations, or by regional standards bodies of which these bodies are members or participants; In accordance with Article 1, this agreement applies to all industrial and agricultural products, with the exception of services, sanitary and plant health measures (as defined in the agreement on the application of sanitary and plant health measures) and “purchase specifications established by public authorities for production or consumption needs” (art.