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2023 IPPC Call for Topics (June 2023)

Enhancing quality of new topic proposals for implementation of IPPC Strategic Framework 2020-2030

This webinar has concluded, with recordings below. Presentations, Q&A and other documents can be found in the document list at the bottom of this page.

The webinar was held in English, French and Spanish

  • Session 1: 2023 IPPC Call for Topics Webinar Tuesday, 20 June 2023, 9:00 to 11:00 GMT+2

    Recording is available at: https://fao.zoom.us (Passcode: IPPC2023+)

  • Session 2: 2023 IPPC Call for Topics Webinar Tuesday, 20 June 2023, 17:00 to 19:00 GMT+2

    Recording is available at: https://fao.zoom.us (Passcode: IPPC2023+)


As agreed by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) at its 13th session, a combined Call for Topics for Standards and Implementation resources for inclusion in the IPPC work programme was made for the first time in 2018. The Call is held every two years and a new Call for Topics was issued on 5th May 2023.

Contracting parties and regional plant protection organizations (RPPOs) should submit their topic proposals prior to 15 September 2023.Topics may include standards, such as new topics for International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs); new components to existing ISPMs, such as supplements, annexes, appendices, or glossary terms; revisions or amendments to adopted ISPMs; pests for which a new diagnostic protocol should be developed. In addition, topics may also include implementation resources, such as new implementation resources (e.g. guides, e-Learning courses, training kits, videos) and revisions to existing IPPC implementation resources.


The overall objective of the webinar is to strengthen the capacity and cooperation of NPPOs or RPPOs and raise awareness, enhance understanding, and improve the quality of the submissions. The webinar aims to demonstrate the Call for Topics process and actions to ensure the high quality of the submissions. The webinar will also allow participants to raise questions with regard to the submission process.

Expected outcomes

  • explained in-depth how to complete the electronic submission forms and why they are beneficial;
  • strengthen capacity for better coordination at the national and regional level;
  • enhanced understanding of importance of cross-regional and global support of submissions;
  • improved knowledge on the factors limiting the approval of new topics and references that should be used to ensure the relevance of proposals for the IPPC Community;
  • raised awareness among the IPPC community on the Call for topics and the submission process;
  • increased understanding of the information required to develop successful submissions;
  • coordinated submissions at the national, regional and inter-regional level; and
  • clarified roles and responsibilities of Bureau, IC, and SC representatives or their RPPO in planning and developing submissions.


IPPC OCPs, IPP editors, NPPO and RPPO staff, other relevant stakeholders.

Location and dates

The webinar will take place virtually on 20 June 2023 from 9:00 to11:00 and from 17:00 to 19:00 GMT+2


The webinar will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into French and Spanish languages.


SC Chairperson, NPPO of Australia, Director, Pacific Engagement and International Plant Health

Australian Chief Plant Protection Office
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
[email protected]

NPPO of Chile

Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero,
División de Protección Agrícola y Forestal
[email protected]

IC Chairperson, NPPO of Canada

International Plant Health Standards Officer
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
[email protected]

Steve CÔTÉ
NPPO of Canada, National Manager

International Phytosanitary Standards, Plant Export Division
[email protected]

Lalith Bandula

Plant Health and Environment Laboratory
Diagnostic and Surveillance Services
Ministry for Primary Industries
[email protected]

Provisional agenda

Content Presenter Time (minutes)
Introductory remarks Quiroga / Secretariat 5
Online submission forms and process Shamilov / Krah 30
Draft specification form for proposed IPPC guides and training materials Pelletier / Kumarasinghe / Koumba 15
Draft specification form for proposed standardsPeterson / Sepúlveda / Shamilov 15
Submission form for DPs for Regulated Pests (Annexes to ISPM 27) Sepúlveda / Moreira 10
Tips for successful submissions Côté / Secretariat 15
Open discussions in chat All 20
Concluding remarks Quiroga / Secretariat 5

The webinar will be moderated by Artur Shamilov, Standard Setting Officer, International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat, FAO.

Doc # Agenda # Title Files Publications date
2023 Call for Topics Online Submission Forms and Process En
2023 Call for Topics Draft Specification Form for Proposed IPPC Guides & Training Materials En
2023 Call for Topics Draft Specifications for Proposed Standards En
IPPC Webinar on Call for Topics programme En
2023 Call for Topics Tips for Successful Topic Submissions En

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