The Commision on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), oversees the work of the IPPC Secretariat, which is composed of the following two major areas:
Standards developed under the auspices of the IPPC Secretarait are recognized by the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS agreement) and the IPPC Secretariat is the only international plant health standard setting organization. For this reason, and as standard setting is a core componet of the IPPC (Article X), this is a major focus for the IPPC Community.
The implementaton of the New Revised Text of the IPPC (1997) , International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) and the CPM Recommendations (CPM-Rs) is also important. To faciliate this, the developoment of capacity is needed in some contracting parties, this technical assistance is also another core component of the IPPC (Article XX). In addition, the CPM has agreed on a National Capacity Development Strategy.
The folloiwng two subsiduary bodies of the CPM oversee this work, the: