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The 13th Session of Commission for Phytosanitary Measures launched in Rome, Italy

Posted on Tue, 17 Apr 2018, 10:43

The 13th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-13) of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) officially launched on 16 April 2018 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting was opened by FAO Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources, Ms Maria Helena Semedo, and chaired by the IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, with presence of Ms Cristiana Paşca Palmer (Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity), Ms. Lois Ransom (the CPM Chair), and Mr Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga (the Vice Chair of the CPM). Mr David Littleproud, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources of Australia ...

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The CPM Financial Committee Meeting Held at FAO-HQs in Rome, Italy

Posted on Mon, 16 Apr 2018, 09:51

The CPM Financial Committee (FC) meeting was held on 11 April 2018 at FAO-HQ, Rome, Italy, just before the 13th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-13) to be taken place from 16-20 April. The meeting was chaired by Marie-Claude FOREST (Canada), FC Chair, opened by Jingyuan XIA, IPPC Secretary, and attended by Lois RANSOM (Australia - CPM Chair), Kyu-Ock YIM (Republic of Korea – FC member), Mr Lucien KOUAME KONAN (Côte d’Ivoire – FC member), Craig FEDCHOCK (IPPC Adviser) and Marko BENOVIC (Budget and Planning Officer of the IPPC Secretariat) .

The main objectives and activities of this FC meeting were ...

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Update on Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-13)

Posted on Wed, 04 Apr 2018, 11:29

Dear IPPC contracting parties, RPPOs and IPPC partners,

As you know, the thirteenth session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-13) will take place at FAO HQs in Rome from 16 to 20 April 2018.

In addition to plenary sessions, five side sessions are planned, as well as a special topic session. A reception is scheduled on Thursday evening, as well as three side meetings organized by the IPPC Secretariat for FAO Regional Officers, on IPPC Regional Workshops and for IPPC Africa representatives. The schedule can be found in the picture below.

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Preparations are undergoing on all sides: while collecting ...

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Validation mission for the application of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Tool successfully held in Barbados

Posted on Tue, 03 Apr 2018, 16:11

PCE Validation workshop help in Barbados in March 2018 © Ian Griffith

The third and final PCE validation mission for Barbados was conducted March 12 – 16, 2018 This mission was carried out by Mr. Fitzroy White, PCE Facilitator trained through STDF 401 Project to validate the work conducted during the 1st and 2nd PCE missions. The mission included a stakeholder’s validation workshop, which brought together stakeholders who participated in the first two missions. The attendees included external stakeholders from the private sector, including plant importers and exporters, representatives from agricultural produce distribution companies, NPPO staff and the University of the ...

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Tunisia launches a PCE with support of an IPPC PCE facilitator

Posted on Mon, 02 Apr 2018, 14:54

Group exercises during the 1st PCE workshop conducted in Tunisia © Mekki Chouibani

Tunisia launched the auto-diagnostic of its current phytosanitary system by using the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool, developed by the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The General Directorate for Protection and Quality Control of agricultural products of Tunisia (DGPCQPA) organized the first workshop on March 13 – 15, 2018 in Tunis.

This evaluation is part of the first component of the FAO project: "Strengthening quarantine pest management measures, including red palm weevil in Maghreb countries: TCP / SNE / 3601 / C1".

Each of the 13 modules of the ...

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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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A third year of the IPPC NRO Programme marked with success

Posted on Wed, 21 Feb 2018, 14:54

The year 2017 was a third successful year for the National Reporting Obligations Programme (NRO). It was a third stable year in a row during which countries supplied above 240 new NRO reports through the International Phytosanitary Portal (IPP). To be precise 245 reports were uploaded in 2017, while 244 reports in 2016 and 246 reports in 2015. In comparison in the year 2014 only 165 reports were uploaded on the IPP.

It clearly shows that a set of measures implemented within the NRO Programme that started in the middle of 2014 has been effective.

In particular, in 2017 all ...

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Great Progress on the Development of IPPC Diagnostic Protocols

Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018, 09:46

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols (TPDP) met from 05 to 09 February 2018 at the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) in Paris, France. The main objective of the meeting was to revise draft diagnostic protocols (DPs) in various stages of development, discuss several horizontal issues related to DPs and review the TPDP work programme with strategic discussions on the future of the IPPC DPs. The meeting was chaired by Ms Gèraldine Anthoine (France) and attended by all seven TPDP members (from Australia, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, the United States of America ...

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