IPPC Standards Committee deepens collaboration on strategic matters

Posted on Mon, 19 Jul 2021, 12:22

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Rome, 14 July 2021. The Standards Committee (SC) of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) met virtually on 13 and 14 July to address development agenda items of the IPPC Strategic Framework 2020-2030 that relate to standard setting and to enhance synergies in its areas of collaboration.

In particular, the SC discussed recent updates and next steps on the IPPC Strategic Framework 2020-2030 development agenda items on Commodity and Pathway specific standards; Developing Guidance on the Use of Third-party Entities; and Diagnostic Laboratory Networking. The committee decided to create small groups to advance ideas on each development agenda item and present the results at the next SC virtual focused meeting.

The Framework for Standards and Implementation, a database of existing standards, topics, and other reference materials in the context of the IPPC core provisions, which identifies gaps to guide the development of standards and other materials to support implementation was also discussed. In addition, the SC recommend to remove the topic “Criteria for Wood Packaging Material Treatments in International Trade (as a revision of ISPM 15) (2006-010) from the SC work programme. A number of updates that may impact the SC’s work were presented from groups and sub-groups of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC), CPM focus groups and technical working groups such as:

Taking all of the updates into account, the SC will collaborate closely on these developments with the next SC focused meeting scheduled on 14 and 15 September 2021 in a virtual mode.

The July SC focused meeting report will be available at: https://www.ippc.int/en/core-activities/standards-setting/standards-committee/

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