The IPPC seeks to protect terrestrial and aquatic plant resources from pest and disease outbreaks without setting up unnecessary barriers to trade and transport. It facilitates safe trade by:
In recent years, it has delved into “cutting-edge” trade related topics such as:
Working in partnership
The IPPC Secretariat and community work with a wide range of partners to facilitate safe trade. The IPPC is the only international body for setting and implementing International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). As such it is one of the “three sisters” of the World Trade Organization's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Agreement, along with the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Important trade related partners include:
Trade related task forces and working groups