The IPPC ePhyto Solution

ePhyto is short for “electronic phytosanitary certificate”. An ePhyto is the electronic equivalent of a phytosanitary certificate in XML format. All the information contained in a paper phytosanitary certificate is also in the ePhyto. ePhytos are produced in accordance with ISPM 12 including Appendix 1.

The IPPC ePhyto Solution consists of three main elements):

A central server (Hub): to facilitate the transfer of electronic phytosanitary certificates between NPPOs, either from and to their own national electronic system or by using the generic system described below.

A Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS): a web-based system that can produce and receive ePhytos, to allow countries that do not have a national electronic system to produce, send and receive ePhytos.

• Harmonization: the structure and transmission of ePhytos will follow a harmonized format through the use of standardized mapping, codes and lists.

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Please visit for all information and documentation related to joining the IPPC ePhyto Solution.

Any additional information may also be obtained by contacting the IPPC Secretariat ([email protected]) or by directly contacting the ePhyto Team ([email protected]).

Doc # Title Files Publication date
Guide to Joining the ePhyto Hub En Es Fr Ru Ar Zh Link 14 Jun 2018
1 A brief history and developments of ePhyto En 06 Nov 2020
2 A Global ePhyto Feasibility Study En 12 Feb 2015
Guide To Joining the ePhyto GeNS Link
4 ePhyto Hub - Frequently Asked Questions En 19 Feb 2015
12 Report on the pilot of the hub En 25 May 2018
6 Factsheets Link 05 Feb 2016
13 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
5 Standards and Trade Development Facility Project (STDF/PG/504) Link 17 Jan 2017

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