Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE)

What is a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE)?

National Plant Protection Organization (NPPOs) often lack a clear and up to date legal framework, a well-defined vision and mission and a well-functioning structure. The Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) is a management tool, developed by the IPPC, that can help countries rapidly improve their NPPOs and entire phytosanitary system.

The PCE is:

  • a type of evaluation that helps contracting parties identify and develop the best legislative, technical and administrative measures to help them meet their IPPC obligations;

  • uses a modular online software system consisting of 13 modules that use a questionnaire style to document the evaluation process. NPPOs can decide to apply all the modules or just a few, according to their preferences; and

  • a process involving all concerned stakeholders, both public and private. This consensus-driven and confidential process allows contracting parties to identify strengths and weaknesses in their phytosanitary system.

The entire PCE process is under the control of the contracting party. It is not something that is done TO a contracting party; it is a framework that the contracting party adopts for its own purposes and benefits.

To find out more about the PCE process and how to start one in your country, read the next steps below or contact Sarah Brunel, IPPC Implementation Facilitation Officer, at [email protected]

> Click here to consult the list of countries which conducted a PCE overseen by the IPPC Secretariat

> Click here to see the video "Improving phytosanitary systems to boost safe trade and market access"

   Why should countries conduct a PCE?

   What are the benefits of a PCE?

   Who drives the PCE process?

   What topics are covered in the PCE?

   How long does a PCE last?

   How is a PCE financed?

   Why are the PCE and its outputs confidential?

   I am interested in starting a PCE in my country. What are the next steps?

Title Files Publication 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

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