Calls for experts & DP authors

Once the Standards Committee (SC) approves a specification and resources are identified to hold an expert working group (EWG) meeting, the IPPC Secretariat contacts NPPOs and RPPOs through a call to nominate experts to be members of the EWG to develop a draft ISPM. In order to get nominated as an expert the nominee is requested to sign a statement of commitment. The SC selects the technical experts identified by the NPPOs and RPPOs for the EWG. The EWG meets and produces a draft ISPM and a meeting report. The draft ISPM is then approved for consultation by the SC.

Members of Technical Panels (TPs) should have the necessary scientific expertise and subject matter experience, and should be able to participate and contribute to the proceedings. The steward of the TP is considered a member. Membership of TPs should be reviewed by the SC on a regular basis and may be adjusted as necessary, taking into account, in particular, changes in the needs of scientific or other expertise required and in the professional duties of the experts.

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2019-03 Call for Experts

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat is soliciting nominations for appropriately qualified experts to take part in:

• the Expert working group (EWG) for the Focused revision of ISPM 12 (Phytosanitary certificates) in relation to re-export (2015-011).

Nominations are due 15 May 2019 and should be sent to ippc@fao.org

The experts for the Expert working group should be available to attend the Expert working Group meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for 9-13 December 2019 in Rome, Italy.

Any change will be published on the IPPC Calendar (2019) (see requirement details below).

This group operates in English language (without interpretation).


1. Instructions for making nominations

Nominations will be accepted from contracting parties, national or regional plant protection organizations (NPPOs or RPPOs) through their respective NPPO or RPPO official IPPC Contact Point and self-nominations should be supported by an accompanying letter from the respective IPPC contact point.

A nomination should only be made if the nominee has agreed to his/her nomination, is available for the meeting dates as posted on the IPPC Calendar (2019) and can allocate appropriate time to the tasks as outlined in the Statement of Commitment. Each nomination must be accompanied by the following documentation (templates can be found on the bottom of the page):

  • Completed nominee details and summary of expertise form – (only as a word processing file such as MS Word). All sections should be completed, including contact details, education and professional training. A clear description of the nominee’s expertise is required. The file should be named as follows: COUNTRY_SURNAME_Firstname_Summary.

  • Completed and signed Statement of Commitment form - this should be read carefully by each nominee and discussed between the nominee and their employer. The form should then be signed by the nominee and a senior person in authority from the organization that employs the nominee. The form should be submitted with the nomination (as a scanned image file such as PDF). The file should be named as follows: COUNTRY_SURNAME_Firstname_commitment.

  • The nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) – electronic copy of the nominee’s CV with the file named as follows: COUNTRY_SURNAME_Firstname_CV.

Submissions should be sent to the IPPC Secretariat by e-mail (ippc@fao.org) no later than 15 May 2019. The name of the nominating country or RPPO and the words “Call for Experts” should be placed in the subject line of the email message.

2. Funding for experts to attend meetings

The organization that employs an IPPC meeting participant is responsible for funding the travel and daily subsistence allowance for that person to attend. If the employer is unable to allocate sufficient funds, participants are first encouraged to seek assistance from sources other than the IPPC Secretariat. Where such demonstrated efforts to secure assistance have been unsuccessful, requests for assistance (i.e. travel and subsistence costs) from the IPPC Secretariat may be made. However, any support is subject to available funds. The IPPC Secretariat will consider funding assistance for participants following IPPC criteria for funding. Full details on these criteria can be found on the IPP (https://www.ippc.int/publications/criteria-used-prioritizing-participants-receive-travel-assistance-attend-meetings).

It is expected that participants will attend all sessions of the meeting and those participants who plan to attend only part of a meeting should fund their own travel.

3. Specific expertise required

The Standards Committee (SC) will select the experts based on how closely an expert’s skills and experience match the specific expertise required.

Expertise required (see Specification 67):

  • Two or three experts with a combined knowledge of and experience in regulating and implementing phytosanitary certification related to re-export; and

  • One or two current or former members of the TPG with particular understanding of terminology related to the phytosanitary certification of consignments.

The discussions and work of the Expert working Group will take place in English, so experts should have a strong working knowledge of English.

The selected experts should be available to attend the Expert working Group meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for 9-13 December 2019 in Rome, Italy.

This web page was last updated on 2019-03-14. For queries or comments regarding the contents of this page, please contact Sandra.Goritschnig@fao.org

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Title Files Publication date
Statement of Commitment (En, Fr, Es) Link 17 Feb 2017
Nominee details and summary of expertise form - EWG on Focused revision of ISPM 12 in relation to re-export En 14 Mar 2019

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