Call for topics

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The IPPC Secretariat makes a call for topics every two years. Contracting parties (CPs) and regional plant protection organizations (RPPOs) submit detailed proposals for new topics or for the revision of existing ISPMs to the IPPC Secretariat. The call for topics is a call for "technical areas", "topics", "diagnostic protocols (DPs)" and Glossary terms. It does not include phytosanitary treatments (PTs), for which a separate call for PTs is made.

Submissions should be accompanied with a draft specification, a literature review and justification that the proposed topic meets the CPM-approved criteria for topics (available in the IPPC Procedure Manual). To indicate a broader need for the proposed topic, submitters are encouraged to gain support from CPs and RPPOs in other regions.

The IPPC Secretariat compiles a list of the proposed topics from the submissions received. Submissions from previous years are not included, but IPPC members may re-submit these, as appropriate.

The Standards Committee (SC), taking into account the IPPC Strategic Framework and the Criteria for justification and prioritization of proposed topics, reviews the submissions. The SC reviews the List of topics for IPPC standards (including subjects), adding topics and giving each topic a recommended priority. This list is recommended to the CPM. The CPM reviews, changes and adopts the List of topics for IPPC standards, including assigning a priority for each topic.
A revised List of topics for IPPC standards is made available in all official UN languages.

Annually the SC reviews the List of topics for IPPC standards and recommends changes (including deletions, or changes in priority) to the CPM. In exceptional circumstances, in response to a specific need, the SC may recommend an addition to the List of topics for IPPC standards.
In any year, when a situation arises in which an ISPM is required urgently, the CPM may insert such a topic into the List of topics for IPPC standards.

The latest call for topics took place in 2015. This page presets details for that call for topics.

2015 Call for Topics

The 2015 call for topics started on 5 June and ended on 14 August. Please access the Call for topics 2015 page clicking here for further details regarding the call.

Please review the documents below:

  1. Call for Topics Letter (English, Spanish, French)
  2. Submission form for IPPC standard setting work programme topics - 2015 (English, Spanish, French) (Note: Posted on 2015-06-05)
  3. Procedures for identifying topics and priorities for standards (English, Spanish, French)
  4. List of Topics for IPPC Standards

All documents were submitted by the National IPPC Official Contact Point, in electronic format to [ippc@fao.org].

Submissions received in answer to the 2015 Call for Topics

The call for topics closed on 14 August 2015. The IPPC Secretariat received 11 submissions in answer to the call for topics. The submissions received are posted below (2015-001 to 2015-011). They were presented to the Standards Committee 2015 November meeting for review.

This web page was reviewed on 2017-03-08. For queries or comments regarding the contents of this page, please contact Piotr.Wlodarczyk@fao.org

Topic # Title Files Publication date
2015-008 2015-06_Criteria for the determination of host status for all arthropod and pathogen pests_Submission by USA En 02 Sep 2015
2015-009 2015-06_International movement of lumber_Submission by USA En 02 Sep 2015
2015-06_Call for Topics_Letter En Es Fr
2015-010 2015-06_Guidance on the concept of the likelihood of establishment component of a pest risk analysis for quarantine pests (Supplement to ISPM 11)_Submission by USA En 02 Sep 2015
2016-07_Call for Topics_Submission form En
2015-011 2015-06_Focused revision of ISPM 12 in relation to re-export_Submission by TPG En 02 Sep 2015
Criteria for justification and prioritization of proposed topics Link 30 Jan 2017
2015-002 2015-06_PRA for commodities_Resubmission by Australia En 30 Jan 2017
2015-001 2015-06_Guidelines for empty bulk vessel inspection and approval for loading consumable and non-consumable goods_Submission by Australia En 02 Sep 2015
2015-002 2015-06_PRA for commodities_Submission by Australia En 02 Sep 2015
2015-004 2015-06_Use of systems approaches in managing pest risks associated with the movement of wood commodities_Resubmission by Canada En 30 Jan 2017
2015-006 2015-06_International movement of apples_Resubmission by EPPO En 30 Jan 2017
2015-006 2015-06_International movement of apples_Draft ISPM_Resubmission by EPPO 30 Jan 2017
2015-006 2015-06_International movement of apples_Further justification_Resubmission by EPPO En 30 Jan 2017
2015-003 2015-06_Audits in the phytosanitary context_Submission by Canada En 02 Sep 2015
2015-004 2015-06_Use of systems approaches in managing pest risks associated with the movement of wood commodities_Submission by Canada En 02 Sep 2015
2015-005 2015-06_Guidelines for the export, shipping, handling, import and disposal of live organisms as pets, aquarium and terrarium species, and as bait and food_Submission by CBD En 02 Sep 2015
2015-006 2015-06_International movement of apples_Submission by EPPO En 02 Sep 2015
2015-007 2015-06_International movement of tomato fruit_Submission by EPPO En 02 Sep 2015

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