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Specification 62 posted in languages!

Posted on Tue, 30 Jun 2015, 15:54

The specification 62 on Requirements for the use of phytosanitary treatments as phytosanitary measures has been posted in three languages on the IPP and is now available at

La especificación 62 sobre los Requisitos para el uso de tratamientos fitosanitarios como medidas fitosanitarias se ha publicado en tres idiomas en el IPP y ya está disponible en

La spécification 62 sur les Exigences pour l'utilisation de traitements phytosanitaires comme mesure phytosanitaire a été publiée en trois langues sur le PPI et est maintenant disponible à ...

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CPM-10 Report available!

Posted on Tue, 30 Jun 2015, 09:16

The Tenth Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-10) took place at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 16 to 20 March 2015. The English version of the meeting’s report of has been posted today and can be downloaded at Other language versions will follow.

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Standard setting procedure review meeting report has been posted!

Posted on Fri, 26 Jun 2015, 09:55

From 13 to 15 May a meeting was held on the Revision of the IPPC Standard setting procedure (SSP) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting report has been posted and is available at

The group agreed that the revision was exclusively applicable to the current procedure as adopted by CPM-7 (2012). The group discussed the scope of the meeting and agreed that it would be to “adjust the procedure to ensure that it facilitates the development of technically sound standards through a transparent process that truly engages IPPC members”.

Possible modifications ...

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2015 June - Call for Experts (EWG Sea Containers)

Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2015, 13:03

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat is soliciting nominations for appropriately qualified experts for an Expert Working Group (EWG) to develop an international standard on Minimizing pest movement by sea containers (2008-001).

Nominations are due by 10 August 2015.

Nominations will be accepted from governments, National or Regional Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs or RPPOs). Nominations should be submitted through the respective NPPO or RPPO official IPPC Contact Point and self-nominations should be supported by an accompanying letter from a government authority.

Please see the 2015 June - Call for Experts (EWG Sea Containers) page for more information, including the call ...

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First IPPC Seminar promotes International Year of Plant Health

Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2015, 10:44

As part of a new policy the new IPPC Secretary Mr Jingyuan XIA has established the practice of holding regular IPPC seminars to communicate important IPPC plant health topics to staff of the IPPC and FAO. The first seminar was organized on the 24th of June and Mr. Ralf LOPIAN presented a lecture covering efforts with regard to the proposed International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020) and as well as other future challenges for the IPPC. Preliminary plans for the organization of the IYPH 2020, its objectives, outputs and programmatic content were presented. FAO staff from other ...

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SC-7 2015 report has been posted!

Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2015, 11:00

The Standards Committee Working Group (SC-7) met from 11 to 12 May at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting report has been posted today and is available at

The SC-7 has reviewed the draft ISPM on International movement of seeds (2009-003), and it has requested the Steward and Assistant Steward revise the draft for review at the next SC-7. The SC-7 has also reviewed the draft 2014 Amendments to ISPM 5: Glossary of Phytosanitary Terms (1994-001) and it has invited the SC to consider recommending them to the CPM for adoption. On ...

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Capacity Development Committee Continues Progress to Strengthen Phytosanitary Systems

Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2015, 10:55

The IPPC’s Capacity Development Committee (CDC met 1-5 June 2015 in San Jose, Costa Rica. This was the sixth meeting of the CDC since it formed in 2012 to guide the IPPC’s Secretariat’s work to implement the Capacity Development Strategy and Work plan that the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures approved. The InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture hosted the meeting.

At the meeting, the CDC advised on two global-level projects for which it is the project steering committee. The group also discussed options for new projects and activities including the program of side sessions for the 11th ...

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Technical Assistance Activities from the WTO SPS

Posted on Tue, 09 Jun 2015, 10:27

The WTO Secretariat is organizing specific technical assistance activities on the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) in 2015. These include:

For the following courses, funding may be available. Deadline for requesting funding is 5 June 2015.

  • Transparency Workshop (in English, French and Spanish). In Geneva, Switzerland: 12 - 16 October 2015.
  • 2015 Advanced Course on the SPS Agreement (in English). In Geneva, Switzerland: 5 ...

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2015 IPPC Call for Topics

Posted on Fri, 05 Jun 2015, 11:46

The 2015 call for topics has been launched on 5 June and ends on 14 August.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat is soliciting submissions for topics, to include the following:

• new topics for International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs);

• new components to existing ISPMs, such as supplements, annexes or appendices;

• revisions or amendments to adopted ISPMs, supplements, annexes, appendices or glossary terms;

• pests for which a new diagnostic protocol should be developed;

• new topics for phytosanitary treatments. Note that specific treatment submission data will be called for at a later date.

Submissions are due 14 August 2015.

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Service Level Agreement with FAO Translation service signed!

Posted on Tue, 02 Jun 2015, 12:31

Today, June 2nd 2015, Mr Brent Larson, Standard Setting Officer at the IPPC Secretariat and Mr Sergio Ferraro, Chief at the FAO Conference Programming and Documentation Service (CPAM) signed a Service Level Agreement (SLA) to plan translations of standards and specifications in 2015.

The purpose of this SLA is to allow CPAM to efficiently plan work and to deliver a timely and high-quality service for the translations of documents submitted by the IPPC standard setting team throughout the current year, with the aim to continuously improve quality and efficiency.

The IPPC and CPAM also appointed focal points to outline the ...

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The substantial concerns commenting period has opened!

Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2015, 09:20

The IPPC 2015 substantial concerns commenting (SCCP) period has started today, 1st June 2015.

The SCCP ends on 30 September 2015 and the IPPC Secretariat must have received all comments before that date.

Comments should be submitted through the IPPC Online Comment System (OCS), where draft ISPMs are posted.

The following draft ISPMs are open for the substantial concerns commenting period (SCCP):

• 2006-031: Determination of host status of fruit to fruit flies (Tephritidae) – only paragraphs where text was modified following the SC 2015 May review.

• 1994-001: Draft amendment to ISPM 5 (2014): Glossary of phytosanitary terms

The IPPC Secretariat publishes ...

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