The IPPC Secretariat work programme is composed of two major areas of work: international standard setting, and implementation of the IPPC and associated adopted international standards (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures – ISPMs). The development of international standards is clearly provided for in the New Revised Text of the IPPC (1997) in Article X, and the IPPC is recognized by the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS agreement) as the only international plant health standard setting organization. For this reason, a major focus for the IPPC is standard setting.
Technical assistance to facilitate the implementation of the convention, and associated ISPMs, is a core component of the NRT of the IPPC (Article XX). The IPPC governing body (CPM – Commission on Phytosanitary Measures) has agreed on a national capacity development strategy and work programme. In addition, the Implementation Review and Support System (IRSS) assists with the collection of information to identify implementation challenges of the Convention and the Standards, make recommendations to improve the standards and/or improve the capacity to implement them and the Convention.