As agreed by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) at its 13th session, a combined Call for Topics for Standards and Implementation resources for inclusion in the IPPC work programme was made for the first time in 2018. The Call is held every two years, except the current Call, where the CPM at its 14th session agreed that the Call for Topics would be refined and streamlined for the next Call in 2023 to capitalize on new ideas from the IYPH 2020 activities for topics for the IPPC work programme.
Contracting parties and regional plant protection organizations (RPPOs) should submit their topic proposals prior to 15 September 2023.
Topics may include the following:
NOTE: Proposals for Phytosanitary Treatments (as annexes to ISPM 28: Phytosanitary treatments for regulated pests) are solicited separately in an ongoing call for treatments.
To facilitate the submission of the topics, the IPPC Secretariat has introduced a new format of submissions: online submission forms. Please click on the links below to proceed with the electronic form submission and follow the instructions provided on the screen. The online submission forms allow you to navigate between pages and refresh them without losing the submission progress. These online submission forms will allow contracting parties to submit their topics via the IPPC Official Contact Points (OCPs), as well as RPPOs, while meeting all the mandatory criteria set forth by the CPM. In addition, to indicate a broader need for the proposed topic, submitters are encouraged to gain support from other contracting parties and/or RPPOs and to provide letters of support from them.
A topic submission is considered complete if:
The submission should include a literature review and a justification of how the proposed topic meets the Criteria for justification and prioritization of proposed topics (CPM-13).
Please note that the CPM at its 13th session requested contracting parties and RPPOs to use the Framework for Standards and Implementation as a reference when responding to the Call for Topics to fill gaps identified by the Framework.
For a successful topic submission, please also review:
According to the IPPC procedures, the submissions can be accepted only from the IPPC OCPs or RPPOs. Hence, please make sure that in the “Email of the IPPC Official Contact Point or the regional plant protection organization” field, your email address is correct, as you will receive an automated email from the IPPC Secretariat after you have submitted your application, with instructions on how to proceed further.
If the IPPC OCP or RPPO wishes to submit the electronic forms from a different email address, please contact Mr Emmanuel Plarhar Krah ([email protected]), Mr Artur Shamilov ([email protected]), or Mr Descartes Koumba ([email protected]) with a request to grant permission to submit the electronic form.
If you do not represent the OCP or RPPO, but you wish to submit the topic, please contact your IPPC OCP or RPPO for more information:
Word and PDF versions of the online submission forms are available in the table below, to help you prepare your submission:
If you have any difficulty using the online submission forms, please contact Mr Emmanuel Plarhar Krah ([email protected]), Mr Artur Shamilov ([email protected]), or Mr Descartes Koumba ([email protected]), so the IPPC Secretariat will help you in resolving these issues.
If a contracting party or RPPO seeks clarification on the submission process, please contact your respective Task Force on Topics (TFT), CPM Bureau, SC or IC members.
After the Call closes, the Secretariat will compile the list of proposed work programme topics from the received submissions and post them on the IPP. Submissions from previous calls, which were not added to the work programme, will not be considered unless resubmitted in 2023. In a process agreed by CPM-13 (with an amended timeline agreed by the TFT in 2023, see figure below), the TFT will screen the submitted topics against established criteria for justification and prioritization of proposed topics and develop recommendations to the Standards Committee (SC) and Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC) for in-depth review. After evaluating the entire list of submissions and associated recommendations, the SC and IC will recommend topics for the development of standards and/or implementation resources and suggest an associated position in the Framework for Standards and Implementation. Finally, the TFT will discuss SC and IC outcomes, agree with and prepare recommendations and priorities to the recommendations to be presented to the CPM for adoption.
|Doc #||Title||Files||Publication date|
|2021 Call for Topics submissions||En||20 Oct 2021|
|5||Submission template for topics for Standards and Implementation (PDF)||En||22 Jul 2021|
|6||Draft specification template for proposed standards (PDF)||En||04 May 2021|
|7||Draft specification template for IPPC guides and training materials (PDF)||En||22 Jul 2021|
|8||Submission template for Diagnostic Protocols for Regulated Pests (Annexes to ISPM 27) (PDF)||En||22 Jul 2021|
|1||Submission template for topics for Standards and Implementation (Word)||En||22 Jul 2021|
|2||Draft specification template for proposed standards (Word)||En||22 Jul 2021|
|3||Draft specification template for IPPC guides and training materials (Word)||En||22 Jul 2021|
|4||Submission template for Diagnostic Protocols for Regulated Pests (Annexes to ISPM 27) (Word)||En||22 Jul 2021|
|9||Criteria for the Justification and Prioritization of Proposed Topics||En||27 May 2021|