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Lesotho: the 180th contracting party to the IPPC

Posted on Thu, 31 Oct 2013, 15:57

Welcome to Lesotho as the 180th contracting party to the IPPC. The IPPC contact point for Lesotho can be found at: For a brief summary of Lesotho’s agricultural production, trade and forestry, visit: - Production (select Lesotho from dropdown menu) - Trade (select Lesotho from dropdown menu) - Forestry

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Clarification on issues of implementation of IPPC standards

Posted on Mon, 28 Oct 2013, 17:05

In recent correspondence between the IPPC Secretary, Mr. Yukio Yokoi, and the Secretary General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Mr. Rob Steele, it was clarified that the ISO Central Secretariat has never promoted ISO standard adoption as mandatory for the implementation of International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). This issue was initially raised as a concern of IPPC contracting parties during a discussion at CPM-7 (2012), addressing standard setting procedures, and was further clarified by the CPM Chair. As the IPPC practices a very robust and transparent standard setting system in which all of its contracting parties participate ...

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Market Access: A Guide for NPPOs

Posted on Thu, 24 Oct 2013, 11:22

Italy , October 2013 — The IPPC Secretariat launches a manual on Market Access: a guide to phytosanitary issues for national plant protection organizations. The IPPC Secretariat launched the manual at the Workshop on SPS-related market access challenges & opportunities, organized by World Trade Organization (WTO-SPS) last week. This manual on Market Access provides a guide to phytosanitary issues for national plant protection organizations, with the objective to provide information and context on phytosanitary aspects of market access negotiations. The manual describes a process that can be followed to gain market access with the least hindrance to trade but, at the same time ...

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The IPPC HELPDESK Question and Answer forum: Ask a question, Answer a Question!

Posted on Wed, 16 Oct 2013, 11:43

The IPPC Secretariat has been working to facilitate useful discussion among IPPC Contact Points and IPPC Editors through the IRSS Helpdesk resource on the IPP Portal. With its three main features, the Question and Answer (Q&A) Forum, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section, and the Phytosanitary Resources webpage, contact points may interact with other forum users to clarify common questions and areas of interest. The Question and Answer Forum in particular is an effective element of the Helpdesk as it allows the IPPC contact points to present their issues of concern and seek advice from other forum users who may ...

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Strategic Planning Group holds October 2013 Meeting

Posted on Mon, 14 Oct 2013, 18:59

The IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) met on 8-10 October 2013 in Rome, Italy, to provide strategic perspectives to the various tasks of the IPPC. Of the thirty-three participants at the meeting, nearly twenty countries were represented.

The group reviewed and actively discussed a range of strategic issues in the IPPC including ISPM 15 mark registration, the ePhyto Feasibility study, national reporting obligations (NROs), policy for partnerships, and processes regarding implementation (i.e. how to efficiently frame the IPPC activities involving standards development and capacity development around the new phase of IRSS). The ePhyto Steering Group also provided a presentation ...

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