The development and adoption of standards, recommendations, diagnostic protocols and phytosanitary treatments is currently the major role of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures and the IPPC Secretariat. FAO provides a neutral forum for members to negotiate such international instruments as the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). IPPC standards are recognized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as international benchmarks for trade in plant commodities.
The WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) recognizes standards developed under the auspices of the IPPC as the only international standards for plant health. International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) are adopted by the Commission and come into force once countries establish aligned requirements within their national legislation. The standards of the IPPC are recognized as the basis for phytosanitary measures applied in trade by the Members of the WTO.
The standard setting work of the IPPC is led by the Commission’s Standards Committee. The Standards Committee (SC) is supported by various technical panels, expert working groups, and the IPPC Secretariat.
The Standard Setting Unit is committed to efficiently facilitate the development of harmonized international standards through a transparent and inclusive process meeting the needs of contracting parties.
Expert Drafting Group
|Adopted Standards Approved Specifications||Standards Committee||Technical Panels: EWGs|
List of topics
Consultation and review
Adopting and publication
|IPPC Phytosanitary Treatments search tool||Link||24 Apr 2018|
|2020 work plan for the IPPC Secretariat: Standard Setting Unit||En||06 Dec 2019|
|TPPT Treatment Research Guidelines||Link||20 Dec 2018|
|CPM Recommendations and Procedures||Link Link||15 May 2018|
|Current Consultations for CPM Recommendations||Link||15 May 2018|
|IPPC Standard Setting Procedure||Link||25 Oct 2016|
|Brochure: An introduction to the standard setting process||Link||07 Dec 2016|
|Brochure: An introduction for authors of IPPC Diagnostic Protocols||Link||07 Dec 2016|
|Factsheet: An introduction to the standard setting process||Link||07 Dec 2016|
|IPPC Style Guide (2019-04)||En||31 May 2019|
|Presentation: the IPPC Standard Setting Process (Updated after CPM-11 (2016))||En||04 May 2016|
|Language review group process||Link|
|TPDP instructions to authors||Link|
|Procedure Manual for Standard Setting||Link||11 Jan 2021|
|TP Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure||Link|
|SC Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure||Link|
|Standard Setting Unit at a Glance (2016)||Link||17 Mar 2017|
|Standard Setting Unit staff (as of 2020-04-10)||En||14 Apr 2020|
|Introduction to international phytosanitary terminology||Link Link||23 Mar 2017|
|Factsheet: The draft ISPM on the International movement of grain||Link||06 Oct 2017|
|Factsheet: Phytosanitary electronic certification||Link||06 Oct 2017|
|New sitemap for the SSU pages||En|