Approved specifications

Specifications serve as a term of reference for the Expert Drafting Group (EDG) responsible for developing an ISPM and provide guidance on the scope of the standard and on the tasks expected of the EDG. Specifications for ISPMs are reviewed, revised and approved by the Standards Committee (SC).

Specifications for ISPMs are clear and precise guidelines that an expert drafting group (EDG) should follow when drafting or revising a standard. Specifications are drafted by, or under the auspices of, the IPPC Secretariat, steward and the Standards Committee after direction is given by the Commission as to the standard’s priority. The specifications are sent for consultation and then reviewed, revised and approved by the SC.

Approved specifications for adopted ISPMs and approved specifications for draft ISPMs under development are posted below.

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Doc # Agenda # Title Files Publication date
Specification TP 1 - Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols_under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 02 - Revision of ISPM 1 (Principles of plant quarantine as related to international trade)_Adopted En 01 May 2003
Specification TP 2 - Technical Panel on Pest Free Areas and Systems Approaches for Fruit Flies_Under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 23 - Guidelines for surveillance for specific pests: Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri (citrus canker)_Underdevelopment Es Fr En 07 Jan 2013
Specification 03 - Revision of ISPM 2 (Guidelines for pest risk analysis)_Adopted En 01 Apr 2004
Specification 04 - Revision of ISPM 3 (Code of conduct for the import and release of exotic biological control agents)_Adopted En 01 May 2003
Specification TP 5 - Technical Panel for the Glossary (2016)_Under development En Es Fr 20 Jun 2016
Specification 05 - Risk analysis for environmental hazards of plant pests_Adopted En 01 May 2001
Specification 31 - Revision of ISPM 15 (Guidelines for regulating wood packaging material in international trade)_Under development Es Fr En 07 Jan 2013
Specification 06 - Pest risk analysis for regulated non-quarantine pests_Adopted En 01 May 2001
Specification 39 - Suppression and eradication procedures for fruit flies (Tephritidae)_Under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 07 - Irradiation as a treatment for phytosanitary purposes_Adopted En 01 May 2001
Specification 42 - Pre-clearance for regulated articles_Under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 09 - Pest risk analysis for regulated non-quarantine pests_Adopted En 01 May 2002
Specification 43 - Movement of soil and growing media in association with plants in international trade_Under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 10 - Pest risk analysis for living modified organisms_Adopted En 01 Mar 2002
Specification 46 - Management of phytosanitary risks in the international movement of wood_Under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 11 - Guidelines for equivalence_Adopted En 01 May 2003
Specification 48 - International movement of used vehicles, machinery and equipment_Under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 12 - Low pest prevalence_Adopted En 01 Apr 2003
Specification TP 4 - Technical Panel on Forest Quarantine_Under development En Es Fr 12 Jul 2013
Specification 14 - Guidelines for formatting specific diagnostic protocols for regulated pests_Adopted En 01 May 2003
Specification TP 3 - Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments_Under development En Es Fr 16 Feb 2016
Specification 13 - Phytosanitary measures for consignments in transit_Adopted En 01 Nov 2003
Specification 50 - Protocol to determine host status of fruits to fruit fly (Tephritidae) infestation_Under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 16 - Alternatives to methyl bromide_Adopted En 01 May 2004
Specification 51 - Minimizing pest movement by sea containers and conveyances in international trade_Under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 18 - Classification of commodities by phytosanitary risk related to level of processing and intended use_Adopted En 01 May 2004
Specification 54 - International movement of seed_Under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 20 - Guidelines on sampling of consignments_Adopted En 01 May 2004
Specification 52 - Minimizing Pest Movement by Air Containers and Aircrafts_Under development En Es Fr En 11 Mar 2013
Specification 21 - Guidelines for regulating potato micropropagation material and minitubers in international trade_Adopted En 01 May 2004
Specification 08 - Efficacy of measures: concept and application_Under development Es Fr En 07 Jan 2013
Specification 28 - Areas of low pest prevalence for fruit flies_Adopted En 01 Nov 2004
Specification 55 - Safe handling and disposal of waste with potential pest risk generated during international voyages_Under development Es Fr En 07 Jan 2013
Specification 17 - Debarking and bark freedom_Adopted En 29 Apr 2005
Specification 56 - International movement of cut flowers and branches_Under development En Es Fr 07 Jan 2013
Specification 22 - Research protocols for phytosanitary measures (treatments)_Adopted En 01 Nov 2004
Specification 57 - International movement of wood products and handicrafts made from wood_Under development En Es Fr 16 Dec 2013
Specification 27 - Pest free areas for fruit flies_Adopted En 01 Nov 2004
Specification 24 - Post-entry quarantine facilities_Adopted En 01 Nov 2004
Specification 58 - Revision of ISPM 4 (Requirements for the establishment of pest free areas)_Under development En Es Fr 07 Oct 2015
Specification 30 - Guidelines for the recognition of pest free areas and areas of low pest prevalence_Adopted En 11 May 2005
Specification 59 - Revision of ISPM 8 (Determination of pest status in an area)_Under development En Es Fr 07 Oct 2015
Specification 35 - Trapping procedures for fruit flies of the family Tephritidae_Adopted En 01 May 2006
Specification 64 - Use of specific import authorizations_Under development En Es Fr 02 May 2016
Specification 38 - Revision of ISPMs 7 and 12_Adopted En 01 Dec 2006
Specification 65 - Authorization of entities to perform phytosanitary actions_Under development En Es Fr 02 May 2016
Specification 40 - Irradiation phytosanitary treatments for annex 1 (Specific approved treatments) of ISPM 18_Adopted En 01 Dec 2006
Specification 63 - Guidance on pest risk management_Under development En Es Fr 30 Nov 2015
Specification 29 - The use of integrated measures in a systems approach for pest risk management of fruit flies_Adopted En 07 Jan 2013
Specification 62 - Requirements for the use of phytosanitary treatments as phytosanitary measures_Under development En Es Fr
Specification 33 - Supplement to ISPM 5 (Glossary of phytosanitary terms): Guidelines for the interpretation and application of the phrase not widely distributed in relation to quarantine pests_Adopted En 07 Jan 2013
Specification 61 - Revision of ISPM 6 (Guidelines for surveillance)_Under development En Es Fr 28 May 2014
Specification 34 - Pest risk management for plants for planting in international trade_Adopted En 07 Jan 2013
Specification 60 - International movement of grain_Under development En Es Fr 28 May 2014
Specification 44 - Pest risk analysis for plants as quarantine pests_Adopted En Es Fr 12 Jul 2013
Specification 32 - Review of ISPMs_Adopted En Es Fr 12 Jul 2013
Specification 53 - Establishment and maintenance of fruit fly quarantine areas within a pest free area in the event of outbreak detection_Adopted En Es Fr 21 Aug 2014

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