ePhyto is short for “electronic phytosanitary certificate”. An ePhyto is the electronic version of a phytosanitary certificate in XML format. All the information contained in a paper phytosanitary certificate is also in the ePhyto. ePhytos can be exchanged electronically between countries or the data printed out on paper. ePhytos should be produced in accordance with ISPM 12 including Appendix 1.
Since 2011, the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) has encouraged advancement of electronic certification. CPM-9 approved Appendix 1 to ISPM 12. The appendix describes the format and contents of electronic phytosanitary certificates and their exchange between NPPOs and also references harmonized codes and schema.
To continue the development of ePhyto, CPM-8 established an ePhyto Steering Group (SG). The SG became responsible for increasing the understanding and awareness of ePhyto, supporting its implementation and assisting in the development of systems to support electronic phytosanitary exchange. The ePhyto SG consists of representation from 6 FAO regions and the IPPC Secretariat is seeking the participation of the remaining region. A member of the CPM Bureau also participates on the SG along with Secretariat support.
The SG supported the development of an independent study on the feasibility of an electronic hub that could facilitate the transfer of electronic certificates between national plant protection organizations. CPM-9 (2014) reviewed the ePhyto Hub Feasibility Study and encouraged the SG to urgently continue its work in preparing for the development of an ePhyto hub. The SG, under the oversight of the CPM Bureau has continued to:
Information on ePhyto can be found by following the links below and to the right. Any additional information may also be obtained by contacting the IPPC Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Benefits of a globally harmonized approach for ePhyto through an international hub:
|Global ePhyto Solution||En||01 Mar 2016|
|Presentation on Technical background||En|
|Electronic certification (ePhyto), history and developments||En||10 Sep 2012|
|Hub service explanation for non-IT experts||En||11 Feb 2015|
|Hub service explanation for everyone||En||11 Feb 2015|
|Report from the APPPC ePhyto Working Group to CPM10||En||11 Feb 2015|
|A Global ePhyto Feasibility Study||En||12 Feb 2015|
|ePhyto: hub vs. secure letter flowchart||En||13 Feb 2015|
|ePhyto Hub - Frequently Asked Questions||En||19 Feb 2015|
|Factsheets||Link||05 Feb 2016|
|United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) - Workshop on Implementation of e-SPS and Automation for Agriculture Trade Facilitation||Link||09 Jan 2017|
|Standards and Trade Development Facility Project (STDF/PG/504)||Link||17 Jan 2017|
|ePhyto Technical documents||Link||01 Jun 2015|
|ePhyto Project Governance||En||05 Jul 2016|