logo IPPC
      FAQ            Log in

New IPPC guides and e-learning courses – key implementation and capacity development resources for the phytosanitary community

Thank you for participating in this webinar!
Thursday 19 October, 15:00-17:00 (CEST)
Recording: fao.zoom.us (Passcode: N$C0a336)

This webinar will introduce participants to the wide range of new IPPC guides and e-learning courses, which are freely available to the entire phytosanitary community. These products not only offer best practices on how to establish and operate national phytosanitary systems but may also be used to help build national plant protection organizations’ phytosanitary capacity. Many of these guides and training materials also provide a foundation or starting point for developing national legislation, policies, guidelines, and Standard Operating Procedures that are responsive to a country’s national phytosanitary needs and priorities.     

This webinar is particularly aimed at staff working in national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) and regional plant protection organizations (RPPOs). In addition, anyone within the phytosanitary community interested in learning more about IPPC guides, including partners and donors, is invited to attend. 

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

The IPPC Secretariat is very grateful to the North American Plant Protection Organization for their support in providing Spanish, and to the COLEAD for their support in providing French interpretation for this event.

Target audience:

  • National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs)
  • Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs)
  • Anyone within the phytosanitary community interested in learning more about IPPC Guides and training materials, including international organizations, industry associations, partners and donors.


External speakers

Synda Boulahia Kheder
Born in Carthage (Tunisia) in 1969, Synda has a dual cultural profile, as she started her studies at the Lycée Carnot of Tunis, then she moved to El Omrane school where she got her baccalaureate in 1986. She joined the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia, where she graduated as agricultural engineer in 1990, followed by a specialized engineering degree in Plant Protection-Entomology in 1993 and a PhD in Agronomic Sciences, crop protection-entomology in 2006. Synda joined the Institut national agronomique de Tunisie (INAT) as an assistant professor in 2002, where she is currently Professor of entomology. Synda’s research focuses on developing eco-friendly methods to control pests mostly on citrus, aiming for food safety and more sustainable agriculture. Over her 20 years of experience, Synda has gained expertise in alternative and modern methods for pest detection and monitoring and her work has contributed to the implementation of IPM strategies against insect pest crops introduced or endemic. Synda has authored many papers on these topics in national and international journals. In addition to her role as a professor at the INAT, in 2005 Synda was the founding president of ATJC (association to promote the young women researchers) and in 2013, she was awarded a Fulbright grant for a scientific stay in USDA-ARS, PBARC (Hilo-Hawaii) to improve her knowledge on fruit flies. Synda is also member of many committees and juries including the editorial board and reviewer for the Tunisian Journal of Plant Protection (TJPP). In 2022, Synda completed the in-person IPPC training phase to become a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) facilitator, further building on her experience as phytosanitary expert to evaluate and manage various projects dealing with plant health.

Justina Chivanga

Justina Chivanga is a Senior Plant Health Inspector and Head of Standards and Regulations Unit in the Department of Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service (NPPO of Zambia within the Ministry of Agriculture). Justina holds a Master of Science in Agriculture (Plant Protection) from the University of Queensland and a Masters in International Trade law and Trade Policy from the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA) in conjunction with Lund University in Sweden. In addition to working for the NPPO, Justina is currently a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) facilitator-in-training for Zimbabwe and the PCE National Coordinator for Zambia. She appreciates the IPPC guides and e-learning training materials both as capacity building preparation ahead of her PCE facilitator training course and overall as a member of staff for the NPPO which she says have contributed to the smooth and effective execution of her phytosanitary duties.

Steve Côte

Steve Cote joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), NPPO of Canada, in 2002 in the Plant Protection Division working on domestic, import, and export phytosanitary issues. Since 2018, Steve has been the national manager of the International Phytosanitary Standards Section of the Plant Export Division. In this role, Steve is responsible for overseeing CFIA’s engagement in the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO). Steve previously served as a member of the NAPPO Advisory and Management Committee (AMC) and was involved in the development and revision of various NAPPO Regional Standards for Phytosanitary Measures. He is currently a member of the IPPC Standards Committee which is responsible for overseeing the IPPC standard-setting process, managing the development of international standards for phytosanitary measures (ISPMs), and providing guidance and oversight to the work of technical panels and expert working groups.

Francisco Gutierrez

Francisco Gutierrez is the Technical Director of the Plant Health Department of the Belize Agricultural Health Authority and has full responsibility of managing the NPPO of his country. He holds a Master of Science Degree (M.Sc.) in Plant Protection from the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), Turrialba, Costa Rica, completed in 1996. In 1994, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) in Agricultural Sciences from the Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda (EARTH University) in Guácimo, Limón, Costa Rica. Francisco has been involved in IPPC-related activities for the past sixteen years. From 2008 to 2014 he was the representative for Latin America and the Caribbean in the CPM Bureau of the IPPC for three consecutive terms. In 2017, he was selected as the representative for Latin America and the Caribbean for the newly established Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC) of the CPM and is now in his third term in this role. As part of his role within the IC, Francisco is IC lead of the IC team on Guides and Training Materials, the IC team that supports the development of IPPC Guides and training materials and the associated strategy and processes.

IPPC Secretariat staff - for detailed biographies please refer to https://www.ippc.int/en/about/secretariat/

Osama El-Lissy – IPPC Secretary
Sarah Brunel - Implementation and Facilitation Unit Lead
Barbara Peterson - Implementation Facilitation Officer, IFU
Juan RullGabayet - Implementation Facilitation Specialist, IFU


Session Content Length (minutes) Presenter
Opening Welcome and icebreaker5Sarah Brunel (Moderator)
Opening Introductory remarks by the IPPC Secretary5Osama El-Lissy 
Session 1: New IPPC Guides Introduction to the new IPPC guides published in 2022 and 2023 and practical demonstration: 
- E-Commerce guide 
- Regulation of wood packaging material guide & 2 treatment manuals 
- Emergency Preparedness: A guide for developing contingency plans for outbreaks of quarantine pests
- Prevention, preparedness and response guidelines for Fusarium Tropical Race 4 (TR4) of banana
- Translations published in 2022-2023
25Barbara Peterson
Session 1 Q&ARespond verbally to a few of the questions in the Q&A section or in the chat 10Barbara Peterson
Session 2: New IPPC e-learning courses Introduction to the new IPPC e-learning courses published in 2022 and practical demonstration: 
- Pest Risk Analysis  - Surveillance and Reporting Obligations  - Export Certification  - Inspection 
25Juan Rull Gabayet
Session 2 Q&ARespond verbally to a few of the questions in the Q&A section or in the chat 10Juan Rull Gabayet
Session 3: Panel discussion Interactive, informal panel with four experts/IC representatives /WG members focused on:  
1. How these products can be used to build phytosanitary capacity and support IPPC implementation at a national and regional level 
2. How the NPPOs and RPPOs can participate in developing new IPPC guides & training materials and contribute to translating existing products 
3. How panelists see the future of IPPC guides & training materials - 2023 and beyond. 
30Synda Boulahia Kheder
(National Institute of Agronomy of Tunisia and University of Carthage, Tunisia)
Justina Chivanga
(Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service of Zambia)
Steve Côté
(Canadian Food Inspection Agency)
Francisco Gutierrez
(BAHA, Belize Agricultural Health Authority)
Q&ARespond verbally to any final questions in the Q&A section or in the chat 5Moderator / ALL
Closing Closing remarks by the IPPC Secretariat 5Moderator

Title Files Publicationss date
New IPPC guides & e-learning courses En 02 Nov 2023
New IPPC e-learning courses En 02 Nov 2023

↓↓↓ Download multiple files