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Posted on Fri, 18 Nov 2022, 08:53

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Milan, 11 November 2022 – The Expert Working Group (EWG) for the reorganization and revision of pest risk analysis (PRA) standards completed their task based on the approved Specification 72.

The Standards Committee (SC) decided it was time to revise and reorganize the standards related to the fundamental concept of PRA.

Pest risk analysis is a core process within the scope of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and an important science-based evaluation tool for national plant protection organizations (NPPOs). It is used to identify pests of concern, determine whether pests qualify as regulated pests, and identify the options for phytosanitary measures that are appropriate to manage the risk of introduction and spread of pests in a specified PRA area. Guidance for NPPOs on the evaluation of technical, scientific and other evidence to justify their decisions is currently provided in ISPM 2 (Framework for pest risk analysis) and ISPM 11 (Pest risk analysis for quarantine pests).

The EWG was tasked to review these ISPMs, combine and streamline them and provide additional guidance on the third stage of PRA, the pest risk management stage.

Opening remarks were provided by Avetik Nersisyan, Standard Setting Officer from IPPC Secretariat and Andrea Azzoni, the Deputy Director and Head of the Phytosanitary Service at the Regione Lombardia.

The meeting was guided by two of the Stewards from the Standards Committee, Masahiro Sai and Joanne Wilson, and hosted by the Regione Lombardia (Italian NPPO) in Milan.

The EWG finished the draft and the revised and combined ISPM will be presented to the SC at their 2023 May meeting, for approval for first consultation starting on 1 July 2023.

The meeting report of the EWG once ready, will be available at https://www.ippc.int/en/core-activities/standards-setting/expert-drafting-groups/expert-working-groups/

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