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2017 IPPC Annual Report now released

Posted on Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 13:25

The IPPC Secretariat is delighted to announce the release of the 2017 IPPC Annual Report. The Report was developed by the IPPC Secretariat and is available on the IPPC website in the Media Kit page at this link.

The 2017 IPPC Annual Report contains information on the main IPPC activities, events and meetings that took place in 2017 and it includes a Foreword by the CPM Chairperson and the IPPC Secretary. It is composed of the following chapters: 1) Background; 2) Progress Report; 3) Highlights; 4) Chronicle of Events; and 5) Reference Material.

The IPPC Secretariat wishes to take this ...

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IPPC Secretary’s message on in-depth discussions over the IPPC Strategic Framework

Posted on Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 13:12

Dear IPPC colleagues,

As you are aware, the thirteenth session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-13) is approaching, and will be held at FAO HQs in Rome from 16 to 20 April 2018.

One of the crucial topics in the agenda for CPM-13 is the discussion over the IPPC Strategic Framework for 2020-2030. Contracting parties attending CPM-13 will have a valuable opportunity to provide strategic feedback on this essential document.

This is a valuable opportunity that does not arise often. You are invited to carefully consider the IPPC Strategic Framework for 2020-2030 before your trip to Rome so you ...

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IPPC contributes to the European Food and Safety Authority meeting on climate change and emerging risks for food safety

Posted on Mon, 26 Mar 2018, 10:35

Participants of the CLEFSA meeting held in EFSA Headquarter, Parma, Italy, 12-13 March 2018. © EFSA, 2018

The European and Food Safety Authority (EFSA) runs an innovative international initiative to discuss emerging issues for food and feed safety in the EU influenced by climate change. The emerging issues considered within this project encompass the following disciplines and topics: plant health, animal health, contaminants, biological hazards for human health, nutrition, pesticides, GMOs and feed and food ingredients and packaging. Participants from the various EFSA units and Scientific Committee Standing Working Groups as well as from international organizations are part of the discussion ...

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Meeting of the Expert Working Group on Guidance on Pest Risk Management successfully held in Malta

Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2018, 15:53

The meeting to develop a draft ISPM on Guidance on pest risk management took place in Qawra, Malta from 05 to 09 of March 2018, and was chaired by Mr Harry Arijs (European Commission). The meeting was organized by the IPPC Secretariat and was hosted by the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Malta. Mr Sharlo Camilleri, Director of the Plant Protection Directorate, head of the NPPO of Malta, opened the meeting by welcoming all participants to Qawra and he expressed his appreciation for supporting the IPPC by co-organizing the meeting.

The 12 participants included experts from Argentina, Australia, Belgium ...

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Strengthening cooperation on international plant health and food standards in the Andes

Posted on Fri, 16 Mar 2018, 16:57

Andean government representatives discussed on 7-8 March 2018 in Quito, Ecuador the challenges they face and the successes they celebrate in setting international standards used in trading plant products and food internationally. Contact points, representing members of the Codex Alimentarius and parties to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), shared their experiences while seeking ways to boost subregional cooperation during a workshop, convened by the Secretariats of the two UN organizations and Corporación IG-DE.

Over the course of two days, standards experts from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, engaged with representatives of the Andean Parliament, Andean Community and Food ...

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The CPM Bureau Teleconference Meeting held on 8th March 2018

Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018, 09:35

A CPM Bureau teleconference meeting was held on 8th March 2018 with participation of six Bureau members and all Core Team Members of the IPPC Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by the CPM Chairperson, Ms Lois Ransom (Australia), and opened by the IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia.

The meeting was devoted to update the recent organizational change in the IPPC Secretariat, including the staff organigram and their funding resources, as well as the roles, responsibilities and activities of the Standard Setting Unit (SSU), the Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) and the Integration & Support Team (IST). The discussion was mainly focussed on ...

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IPPC Standards and Guides relevant to pest free areas explained at the SPS Committee meeting

Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018, 09:31

The Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee held a thematic session on pest-free areas (PFAs) on 27 February prior to the 71st regular meeting of the SPS Committee (1-2 March 2018). Session took place at the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr Sam Bishop, an IPPC Standards Committee member, provided an overview of the relevant International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) and IPPC guides and highlighted the benefits and challenges in implementing them. Factors to be considered when establishing and maintaining PFAs were also outlined, as well as uses of PFAs to help gain market access were presented. Speakers representing several different ...

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The ePhyto Solution project timeline and the new Beginner’s Guide on ePhyto are now posted!

Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018, 10:34

The timeline of the ePhyto Solution has also been posted on the main page of ePhyto: https://www.ippc.int/en/ephyto/

The ePhyto team of the IPPC Secretariat has developed a beginner’s guide to the ePhyto Solution. Presented in a clear and simple manner the guide presents all the information you need to know about ePhyto and how it works.

It is now available at the following link: https://www.ippc.int/static/media/files/publication/en/2018/02/2018-02-20_ePhyto_for_beginners_finalized.pdf

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The Report of the 2017 September Expert Working Group Meeting on Revision of ISPM 8 (Determination of Pest Status in an Area) is now posted!

Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2018, 14:22

The report of the Expert Working Group Meeting on Revision of ISPM 8 (Determination of Pest Status in an Area), held in September 2017 in Hanoi, Viet Nam, has been posted today and is available at the following link: https://www.ippc.int/en/publications/85619/

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Call for pest risk communication case studies for plant health

Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2018, 13:00

The IPPC is producing a guide on pest risk communication for plant health and is looking for case studies and photographs as examples to help illustrate the guide. The case studies should be very straightforward and no longer than 500 words. They should highlight activities conducted in plant health pest risk communication, their benefits and the decision making process.

The selected case studies will be edited and formatted and included as boxes in the guide to be published electronically by the end of 2018. Individuals and institutions providing the case studies will be acknowledged.

Case studies should be sent to ...

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Call for papers - AGROSYM 2018

Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018, 16:37

A call for papers for the IX International Agriculture Symposium "AGROSYM 2018" has been issued and is available in several languages at the following link: http://www.agrosym.rs.ba/index.php/en/call-for-papers

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The Agenda of the SC and SC-7 meetings are posted!

Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018, 12:14

The provisional Agenda of the Standards Committee (SC) meeting is available at the IPP Calendar at: https://www.ippc.int/en/events/event/619/

The Agenda of the Standards Committee Working Group (SC-7) meeting is posted here: https://www.ippc.int/en/events/event/620/

The meetings are taking place at FAO, Rome, Italy from 14 to 18 May 2018 and 21-23 May 2018 respectively.

The draft ISPMs to be discussed on the meetings are available for contracting parties (CPs) and the regional plant protection organizations (RPPOs) at https://www.ippc.int/en/work-area/sc-draft-ispms-for-cps-rppos/ in the restricted area of ...

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