IPPC sowing seeds for food security

Posted on Mon, 14 Aug 2017, 10:40

An article by Brent Larson, IPPC Senior Standards Officer, has recently appeared on the European Seeds magazine. You may read it here:

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The report of the 2017 Standards Committee Working Group (SC-7) meeting (Rome, 15 - 19 May, 2017) has now been posted

Posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017, 14:40

The report of the 2017 Standards Committee Working Group (SC-7) meeting (Rome, 15 - 19 May, 2017) has now been posted. You can find the report on the IPP at this link. The 2017 SC-7 revised the following four draft ISPM under the second consultation, which will close on the 30 September 2017:

  • 2016 Draft amendments to ISPM 5: Glossary of Phytosanitary Terms (1994-001)
  • Revision of ISPM 6: Surveillance (2009-004)
  • Requirements for the use of temperature treatments as a phytosanitary measure (2014-005)
  • Draft revisions to ISPM 15 (Regulation of wood packaging material in international trade) - Annex 1 and 2 for inclusion ...

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Dr. John Hedley launches the Biosecurity Information Facility Portal.

Posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017, 02:15

The Biosecurity Information Facility Portal ( was officially launched on 9 August 2017 by John Hedley, Principal Advisor, New Zealand. It was prepared by the Pacific Community (SPC) and it hosts the biosecurity operating procedures for the 22 island countries of the Pacific Plant Protection Organisation. It is an internet based hands-on tool designed for use by biosecurity border officers to carry out everyday duties relating to protecting the isolated fragile borders of the South West Pacific island nations.

The site was initially establish to host plant biosecurity procedures to safeguard the protection of plant germplasm ...

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Draft diagnostic protocols (DPs) under DP notification period

Posted on Tue, 08 Aug 2017, 11:20

Two draft diagnostic protocols (DPs) are currently under the DP notification period:

  • Phytophthora ramorum (2004-013)
  • Tomato spotted wilt virus, Impatiens necrotic spot virus and Watermelon silver mottle virus (2004-019).

The DP notification period was opened on 1 July and will close on 15 August. Contracting parties have 45 days to review the draft DPs and submit an objection, if any, along with a technical justification and suggestions for improvement of the approved DP. If no objection is received, the DP is considered adopted by the SC on behalf of the CPM.

More information is available at: ...

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Internship position at IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf (Austria): Post-Harvest Experiments 

Posted on Fri, 04 Aug 2017, 11:10

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has advertised an internship position on Post-Harvest Experiments at IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria. The intern will take part in the fruit fly phytosanitary treatment project. The deadline for application is 11 August 2017.

The vacancy announcement is available at this link.

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Presentations for the 2017 IPPC Regional Workshop and unofficial translations in Russian of draft ISPMs under the first consultation are now available

Posted on Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 17:18

The presentations of the 2017 IPPC Regional Workshops and the unofficial translations in Russian of the draft ISPMs sent for first consultation (thanks to EPPO) are now available at

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June 2017 Bureau report is available now.

Posted on Tue, 01 Aug 2017, 14:00

June 2017 Bureau report is available now and you can find it here.

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New documents of the Eurasian Economic Union in plant quarantine will come into effect

Posted on Mon, 31 Jul 2017, 16:58

New documents of the Eurasian Economic Union in plant quarantine will come into effect from 1 July 2017:

  1. the Single quarantine phytosanitary requirements for regulated products and quarantine objects on the customs border and in the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union;
  2. the Uniform list of quarantine objects of the Eurasian Economic Union;

  3. Common rules and standards for ensuring quarantine regime of plants within the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union.


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Technical resources out now on the IPPC Phytosanitary Resources page!

Posted on Thu, 13 Jul 2017, 15:48

G.N. Alit Susanta Wirya 2014 - Glenea chlorospila known as the stem borer pest.

Reviewed and approved by the Capacity Development Committee (CDC), the IPPC has now published the following phytosanitary technical resources on the phytosanitary page. The IPPC and the CDC thank the USDA/APHIS for these valuable contributions.


AntWeb focuses on specimen level data and images linked to specimens. In addition, contributors can submit natural history information and field images that are linked directly to taxonomic names. Distribution maps and field guides are generated automatically. All data in AntWeb are downloadable by users. AntWeb also provides specimen-level ...

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IPPC Financial Committee Report posted

Posted on Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 16:31

The report of the latest Financial Committee Report held in June in Washington DC was posted and is available here.

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Arabic reformatted standards

Posted on Tue, 04 Jul 2017, 09:42

The IPPC Secretariat is very pleased to inform its stakeholders that all ISPMs in Arabic, that were affected by the CPM-10 (2015) decision on “revoking of standards”, have been amended to include various sets of ink amendments previously noted in English. This is a significant alignment of the language versions. The work has been carried out by the IPPC Secretariat and the language review group for Arabic has reviewed the translations of the ink amendments. The IPPC Secretariat encourages all users of the Arabic standards to consult the new and improved versions at the Adopted standards page of the International ...

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IPP call for Opening of consultation periods (in En, Fr, Es)

Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 14:36

The 2017 consultations on draft ISPMs has opened today, 30 June, and will close on 30 September 2017.

The 2017 consultation on draft specifications also started today, 30 June, and will close on 31 August 2017.

The following draft ISPMs are for open commenting:


(1) Draft 2017 Amendments to ISPM 5: Glossary of phytosanitary terms (1994-001)

(2) Draft ISPM: International movement of cut flowers and foliage (2008-005)

(3) Draft ISPM: Requirements for the use of fumigation as a phytosanitary measure (2014-004)

(4) Draft annex to ISPM 27: Xylella fastidiosa (2004-024)

(5) Draft annex to ISPM 27: Puccinia psidii ...

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CBD call for information

Posted on Thu, 22 Jun 2017, 09:05

NPPOs are encouraged to provide information in response to a call by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the following issues:

a) Addressing the risks associated with trade in wildlife, invasive alien species sold via e-commerce, and invasive alien species moving with sea containers;

b) Risk analysis on biological control agents;

c) Decision support tools for management of invasive alien species; and

d) The progress on the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 9.

To facilitate the compilation of the information relevant to the issues referred to above, the CBD Secretariat has created an online survey available at the following ...

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ISPMs adopted at CPM-12 posted in languages

Posted on Wed, 21 Jun 2017, 09:01

This is to announce that all ISPMs adopted by CPM-12 were posted in all languages (ISPM 20, ISPM 38, ISPM 39, ISPM 40, ISPM 41 and PTs 22 to 31). To read them, please visit

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