Contaminating pests associated with traded goods: Call for interested experts to be part of the virtual group to assist with the CPM Recommendation

Posted on Tue, 30 Apr 2019, 16:04

The CPM-14 agreed to include in its work programme the topic for a CPM Recommendation on “Facilitating safe trade by reducing the incidence of contaminating pests associated with traded goods”.

This topic was proposed by Australia with support from New Zealand as contained in the CPM paper CPM 2019/37.

Experts interested in joining this virtual group to improve the draft text, please send an email to Mr Ian Thompson ( and copy the Secretariat ( by 20 May 2019.

Experts should provide (by 20 May 2019):

  • Name
  • Position
  • Contact details
  • Short description ...

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Invasive Alien Species: Invitation to the Online Discussion Forum

Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 11:44

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity organized a moderated online discussion forum on matters related to invasive alien species, with the following timetable:

  • 1 - 31 May 2019: Methods for cost-benefit analysis
  • 1 - 30 June 2019: Methods, tools, and measures for identification and minimization of risk of e-commerce
  • 1 - 31 July 2019: Methods, tools and strategy for invasive alien species management under climate change and others
  • 1 - 31 August 2019: Risk analysis on the potential consequences on social, economic and cultural values
  • 1 - 15 September 2019: Wrap up session for synthesis of report

The Secretariat would like to encourage ...

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The IPPC Plant Pest Surveillance Guide now in Spanish!

Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019, 14:21

Surveillance is at the core of phytosanitary activities. The IPPC Secretariat published in 2016 a guide for NPPOs to understand the principal requirements of surveillance programmes.

This guide was kindly translated in Spanish by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The IPPC Secretariat thanks IICA for the translation and Communidad Andina (CAN) for the review and hopes this resource will make an impact to strengthen phytosanitary systems in Spanish speaking countries.

The Plant Pest Surveillance Guide is available at the following link:

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Call for human-interest stories on plant health for IYPH 2020

Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019, 13:18

At the CPM-14 session held last week, FAO and the IPPC Secretariat launched a call for human-interest stories on plant health. The call is intended to promote real stories about how plant health affects the lives of a variety of people across sectors.

For additional guidance and to submit your story, please consult the following document in PDF or WORD format.

Your story will be used to inspire people to take action.

Please send your story to The deadline to advise if you plan to send stories is 30 June 2019. The deadline for the finalized stories ...

Tags: IYPH
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The IPPC Guidelines on Sea Container Surveys for NPPOs are now available in all FAO languages!

Posted on Mon, 01 Apr 2019, 09:41

The IPPC Guidelines on Sea Container Surveys provide guidance to national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) on how to inspect and record contamination details in a consistent and harmonized manner when undertaking the sea container cleanliness surveys. The Guidelines have been developed by the Sea Container Task Force (SCTF) - a sub-group of the IPPC Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC).

The Guidelines and accompanying excel sheets for recording and reporting information, as well as building a database useful for analysis are available in all FAO languages at:

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Warning about phishing email

Posted on Thu, 28 Mar 2019, 16:37

Please be aware that some IPP user invited to CPM-14 has received fake phishing attempts by email that seems sent by IPPC.

In this fake email they are asking flight details, WhatsApp, Telegram and viber number.

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International Plant Protection Congress 2019: 2nd circular out

Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019, 11:41

The XIX International Plant Protection Congress will be held in Hyderabad, India, from 10 to 14 November 2019. Organized by the International Association for Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS), ICRISAT and the Crop Protection Societies in India, the 2019 Congress programme of events aims to address emerging key issues in crop and plant protection. International Year of Plant Health (IYPH 2020) will be one of the topic of the Congress.

The organizers announced that the registration is now open with Early Bird registration ending May 31, 2019.

For further information, visit the second circular on IPPC 2019 website.

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Call for discussion papers for the Expert working group (EWG) on Audit in the phytosanitary context (2015-014)

Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019, 16:26

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat is soliciting discussion papers in preparation for the meeting of the Expert Working Group (EWG) on Audit in the phytosanitary context (2015-014) which will take place from 3 to 7 June 2019 in Canada:

The EWG will develop a draft standard according to Specification 66 on Audit in the phytosanitary context (

IPPC contracting parties and other interested parties are invited to submit discussion papers by 30 April 2019 to the IPPC Secretariat ( and janka.kiss ...

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The Sea Containers Task Force Questionnaire Has Been Sent to Countries!

Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019, 16:00

The IPPC Secretariat has recently issued an online questionnaire to contracting parties (CPs) developed by the IPPC Sea Containers Task Force to facilitate the implementation of the Sea Containers Complementary Action Plan for Assessing and Managing the Pest Threats Associated with Sea Containers, endorsed by CPM-12.

The questionnaire will collect information from NPPOs that can provide data and/or are currently monitoring sea container cleanliness. The collected information, along with cleaning data provided by industry, will make it possible to measure the uptake and impact of the IMO/ILO/ UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU ...

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The latest version of the Annotated Glossary is now published!

Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019, 14:41

The explanatory document for ISPM 5 (Glossary of phytosanitary terms), the “Annotated Glossary”, provides detailed notes on terms and definitions in the Glossary.

It is reviewed by the Technical Panel of the Glossary and published every three years.

This latest version takes account of decisions until SC November 2018 and supersedes the last published version of 2016.

The Annotated Glossary is now available at the following link:

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Report of the Focus Group on Commodity and Pathways Standards meeting is now posted!

Posted on Thu, 21 Mar 2019, 15:41

The report of the Focus Group on Commodity and Pathways Standards meeting, held in Rome from 03-05 October 2018 is now available at the following link:

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The 2018 IPPC Annual Report is now online!

Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019, 15:23

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Annual Report 2018 is now available online! The annual report aims to highlight the IPPC’s major achievements in 2018 in an easy to read new format.
The report also explains why these achievements are important for the global plant health community. Highlights include the adoption of 10 new standards, progress made in electronic phytosanitary certification (ePhyto) and other projects. The report also gives background information on the IPPC, its governance structure and work with plant protection organizations and other partners. A special chapter is dedicated to the 2018 Annual Theme: Plant Health and ...

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Call for Expert Working Group (EWG) for Focused revision of ISPM 12 (Phytosanitary certificates) in relation to re-export

Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019, 09:57

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat is soliciting nominations for appropriately qualified experts to take part in the Expert Working Group (EWG) for Focused revision of ISPM 12 (Phytosanitary certificates) in relation to re-export (2015-011), which is tentatively scheduled for 9-13 December 2019 in Rome, Italy.

Nominations are due 15 May 2019.

Expertise required (according to Specification 67):

  • Two or three experts with a combined knowledge of and experience in regulating and implementing phytosanitary certification related to re-export; and
  • One or two current or former members of the TPG with particular understanding of terminology related to the phytosanitary certification ...

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Adoption of the Agenda – Schedule of the CPM-14 main sessions and the Plenary time-table

Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019, 15:07

The Detailed Agenda – Schedule of the CPM-14 main sessions and the Plenary time-table has been posted on the International Phytosanitary Portal (IPP) and is available at the following link:

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