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A Serious Outbreak of Fall Armyworm in Southern Africa: Emergent Pest Issue for the IPPC

Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017, 15:02

Photograph: B.R. Wiseman – USDA/ARF, Tifton (US)

According to the FAO regional Office for Africa a fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) outbreak, the first emergence of the pest in southern Africa, is causing considerable crop damage in some countries in that region. The pest damages maize and cotton plantations. Based on information from the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for southern Africa, David Phiri, it appears that “preliminary reports indicate possible presence (of the pest)” in a number of countries in the region, although it has yet to be officially reported.

As the the FAO regional Office for Africa reports, fall armyworm ...

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SC-7 agenda posted

Posted on Mon, 27 Feb 2017, 10:32

The public agenda for the Standards Committee Working Group (SC-7), to be held from 15 to 19 May in Rome, has been posted on the IPP Calendar:

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China’s Contribution of Two Million USD to Strengthening Capacity of IPPC Developing Contracting Parties through the China-FAO South-South Cooperation Programme

Posted on Mon, 27 Feb 2017, 10:17

The FAO-China Sixth Annual Consultation Meeting on the South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme was held at FAO-HQ on 24 February 2017. Through extensive review and discussion, it was officially confirmed that the Chinese Government is willing to contributing two million USD for strengthening capacity of IPPC developing contracting parties (CPs) through the FAO-China SSC Programme. The signature ceremony was took place by the end of meeting, where the arrangement of the IPPC-China project was signed by Ms Maria Helena Semedo, the FAO Deputy Director-General (Climate and Natural Resources), and His Excellency Mr Niu Dun, the Ambassador of China to FAO. The ...

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The Annual Meeting of the IPPC Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols (TPDP) Held at FAO

Posted on Fri, 24 Feb 2017, 11:35

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols (TPDP) met from 13 to 17 February 2017 at FAO-HQ in Rome, Italy. The main objective of the meeting was to revise draft DPs, review their work programme and discuss several horizontal issues related to DPs. The meeting was chaired by Juliet Goldsmith (CAHFSA), and attended by seven TPDP members (Canada, China, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United States of America and Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA)), the TPDP Steward (Jane Chard, United Kingdom), as well as one invited expert (Françoise Petter, European and Mediterranean ...

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PDF searchable database posted

Posted on Thu, 23 Feb 2017, 21:27

The IPPC Secretariat has updated and reposted their PDF Searchable Database. The database contains all the currently adopted International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures in English (ISPMs), meeting reports and more.

Follow the link and download it now!

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Terminology brochure

Posted on Mon, 20 Feb 2017, 16:01

A brochure to raise awareness about phytosanitary terminology and the Glossary of phytosanitary terms (ISPM 5) has been posted here.

Special thanks to the members of the Technical Panel for the Glossary and all others who have been involved in the developing process.

For questions or comments, please contact

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Call for phytosanitary treatments

Posted on Mon, 20 Feb 2017, 14:56

New call for phytosanitary treatments has been issued. The IPPC Secretariat is soliciting submissions for:

  1. Phytosanitary treatments to be adopted as international standards, as annexes to ISPM 28 (Phytosanitary treatments for regulated pests).

  2. Phytosanitary treatments used in international trade, to be posted on the Phytosanitary Resources page.

You may make a submission at any time, but if you wish your submission to be considered by the TPPT in their next meeting in 2017, please send it before the 5 June 2017. Submissions will be accepted from contracting parties or regional plant protection organizations (RPPOs). Submissions should be sent through the ...

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Successful Completion of Trainings on Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Facilitators under Support of STDF Project 401 (Phase I)

Posted on Mon, 20 Feb 2017, 10:37

Photograph: Copyright G.N. Alit Susanta Wirya

The IPPC Secretariat has successfully completed the first phase of the STDF401 project “Training of Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Trainers”, with 40 phytosanitary experts well trained from over 36 countries, plus 21 lawyers from 13 countries and some FAO and IPPC staff. This project has contributed directly to this effort through the development of a pool of qualified experts to serve as facilitators of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool.

The first phase of the project involved making a call to identify suitable candidates and to select candidates based on rigorous selection criteria ...

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Explanatory document for ISPM 15 posted in French

Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 15:04

The Explanatory document for ISPM 15 posted in French (see . Translation into French provided in kind by North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) / Canadian Food Inspection Agency under copublishing agreement with FAO.

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Research consultant vacancy

Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 09:24

The Joint FAO/ IAEA Insect Pest Control Laboratory located in Seibersdorf, Austria is looking for a research consultant. More on this vacancy at

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The Major Achievements of the Standard Setting Unit of the IPPC Secretariat for 2016 and its Key Activities for 2017

Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 09:05

The year 2016 has been extraordinary for the Standard Setting Unit (SSU) of the IPPC Secretariat with remarkable achievements obtained, and highlighted as follows:

1) A total of 12 ISPMs (including DPs, PTs and Glossary terms) were adopted by the CPM-11 (2016) or by the SC on behalf of the CPM; and an unprecedented 28 standards were submitted for adoption in 2016.

2) The Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments concluded that there is no evidence to support that there are significant differences in cold tolerance among populations of Ceratitis capitata from geographically separate regions; and this was a breakthrough for ...

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TPG report posted

Posted on Mon, 13 Feb 2017, 14:16

The TPG December 2016 meeting report has now been posted here.

More on the IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary can be found at this link.

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Welcome to the Republic of the Gambia as the 183rd Contracting Party to the IPPC

Posted on Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 14:15

The IPPC Secretariat is pleased to officially announce that the Republic of the Gambia became the 183rd Contracting Party to the IPPC adhering to the Convention on 17 November 2016. On behalf of the entire IPPC Community, we warmly welcome the Republic of the Gambia as the 183rd Contracting Party. We are looking forward to working with the Republic of the Gambia in implementing the IPPC at a national level. We are also expecting their active involvement and positive contribution to the IPPC work programme in their new role.

The IPPC Secretariat staff and FAO Gambia had already worked closely ...

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Global diagnostics for plant pests - five new IPPC diagnostic protocols adopted.

Posted on Wed, 08 Feb 2017, 15:24

1. Dendroctonus ponderosae, dorsal habitus aspect showing entire specimen (shape, surface sculpturing and coloration). Photo courtesy of K. Bolte, Canadian Forest Service, Canada.

Already in 2017, the Standards Committee (SC) have adopted five DPs on behalf of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM). This means that 2017 looks to become as productive a year as 2016 for the Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols (TPDP) and the SC.

A full 22 diagnostic protocols are now in the suite of adopted annexes to ISPM 27 (Diagnostic protocols for regulated pests) providing specific guidance for how to diagnose a wide range of pests ...

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