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Eradication: Application of phytosanitary measures to eliminate a pest from an area (ISPM 5 Glossary of Phytosanitary terms)

Official control: The active enforcement of mandatory phytosanitary regulations and the application of mandatory phytosanitary procedures with the objective of eradication or containment of quarantine pests or for the management of regulated non-quarantine pests (ISPM 5 Glossary of phytosanitary terms). Supplement 1 to ISPM 5 provides additional guidance on the interpretation and application of the concept of “official control”.

Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Unofficial translations are also available: ISPM4, 8 and 9 in Portuguese and Vietnamese, ISPM 6 in Korean and Portuguese

IPPC Guides and training materials
  • Surveillance Guide (2nd edition) (Available in English and Spanish)
    The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) no. 6 (Surveillance) refers to the components of survey and monitoring systems for the purpose of pest detection and the supply of information for use in pest risk analyses, the establishment of pest free areas and, where appropriate, the preparation of pest lists”. A national plant pest surveillance programme should be conducted in line with this standard to ensure that its results are accurate, credible and contribute to national goals and priorities. This guide addresses aspects of policy and management, which together should outline the rationale for the establishment of a national plant pest surveillance programme.
  • Pest Status Guide (Available in Arabic, English and Spanish)
    This guide describes the steps that national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) should follow when determining the status of a pest in an area, starting with identifying the pest and the area under consideration.
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This web page was last reviewed on 2023-03-01. For further information please contact Barbara.Peterson.


This reference standard is a listing of terms and definitions with specific meaning for phytosanitary systems worldwide. It has been developed to provide a harmonized internationally agreed vocabulary associated with the implementation of the IPPC and ISPMs.

Country information

The country page shows the contact information of the IPPC Official Contact Points of the IPPC Contracting Parties and local contacts of non-Contracting parties and Territories. Under the contact information, it lists the public national reporting obligations which shall be reported by the contracting parties via this Country page. These obligations include reporting of (1)Designation of an Official IPPC Contact Point, (2)Description of the NPPO, (3)Phytosanitary requirements, restrictions & prohibitions, (4)List of entry points, (5)List of regulated pest, (6)Pest report and (7)Emergency action.

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