This chapter discusses the background to the introduction of the
UCTD. It includes an examination of the rationales for the
introduction of the UCTD, including the internal market rationale,
and the consumer protection rationale. The chapter explores the
difficulties that were encountered in reconciling the different
approaches to standard terms control and how the inevitable
compromise that was reached in the final version of the UCTD has
been reflected in its scope. This chapter also discusses the minimum
harmonization character of the UCTD, and the problems associated
with divergent national approaches to standard terms control.
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