Posted on Thu, 26 Sep 2013, 14:40
The first face-to-face meeting of the IPPC ePhyto Steering Group, established by the 8th session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures, took place in Auckland, New Zealand from 16 to 19 September 2013. After reviewing the Terms of Reference for the group, presentations were given by several participants to demonstrate ePhyto systems currently in progress in their respective countries. The group received an update on the ePhyto hub feasibility study from the consultant working on the project, and was able to provide him with additional information to support the effort. The group also reviewed and commented on the draft appendix to ISPM 12 and noted their willingness to provide additional assistance to the steward as the appendix is finalized. Near the close of the meeting, the group established a detailed three-point workplan and developed an agenda for regular teleconferences. These meetings will ensure that the workplan continues moving forward.