The International Committee on Trade Regulations (ICTR) is an official committee of INSCA, the International Natural Sausage Casing Association, in October 2008.
The main purpose of the ICTR is to deal with existing or emerging trade barriers around the world and find ways to resolve these barriers in order to achieve a global free-trade in natural casings, as stated in Article 1 of the INSCA bylaws, version Dec. 2010. The committee consists of: Chairman (appointed by INSCA), INSCA Legal Counsel, INSCA Executive Director,and appointed regional delegates.
ICTR delegates represent a specified global region and are not specifically linked to any association. The following regions are represented by appointed delegates: North America, South America - Brazil, South America - other than Brazil, Europe – Member States, Europe - non Member States, Africa, Middle East, Australia & New Zealand, China, and Japan.
The ICTR concentrates on two general categories of trade barriers: veterinary / public health related issues and Tariff / quota etc. related issues.