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Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE)

What is a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE)?


The PCE is a collaborative process that helps countries evaluate their phytosanitary capabilities. National stakeholders, including the national plant protection organization (NPPO) staff, reach a consensus on the main phytosanitary gaps at the system, organizational, and technical levels. Under a structured framework, the PCE process helps identify how to address these critical gaps based on strategic planning and logical framework methodologies.

The PCE:

  • Is a self-evaluation process driven by the NPPOs, giving them flexibility and control. Usually, it involves internationally trained facilitators who serve as navigators and guide the NPPOs in conducting a thorough assessment. However, the country may decide to conduct the assessment independently;
  • Is supported by an online system comprising 13 modules designed in a questionnaire-style format to document the evaluation process systematically. NPPOs can select modules based on their current priorities and needs;
  • Once the gaps are identified, the NPPO can create a sovereign plan to address and rectify these issues by applying strategic planning tools such as cause and effects analysis, SWOT analysis, logical framework, and the final output, a phytosanitary capacity development strategy which is validated by stakeholders.

PCEs in practice: examples and case studies

About PCE


   Who drives the PCE

   What does the PCE consist of?

   How is the PCE process applied

   What are the modules about

   How long does it last

   Where has it been applied

   How is it financed

   Why are the outputs confidential

   Steps to start

   Terms and Conditions

Outputs and activities

Title Files Publications date
Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Tool (PCE) - Single page flyer - 2011 En 17 Jun 2011
Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Strategy for 2020-2030 En 20 May 2019
Procedure for PCE facilitator certification En 01 Feb 2022
Confidentiality agreement regarding the IPPC PCE En 01 Feb 2022
Terms and conditions En 03 May 2024

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