IPPC Online Comment System (OCS)


The Online Comment System (OCS) is a system for defined stakeholders to insert, share, and submit comments on documents; for secretariats to compile comments in an easy and efficient manner (“with the click of a button”) and to provide data for analysis.

Its mission is to provide a simple, efficient, user-friendly online system to insert, share, submit and compile comments on documents.

Through the OCS, IPPC Official Contact Points can submit comments on draft documents, with the support of the following optional users: OCS Deputy (having the same role and functions as the Contact Point, without being able to publish comments); Reviewers (up to three per country, designated by the Contact Point or OCS Deputy to provide comments on the draft document).


The IPPC Secretariat developed the OCS in 2011 following a technical bid made in 2009, and has been using it since then for the following commenting periods: member consultation on draft specifications, member consultation on draft ISPMs, and substantial concerns commenting period.

In 2014, because of the rapid evolution of online technologies and issues with the OCS compatibility, performance and user-friendliness, the IPPC Secretariat has undertaken a review of the OCS user requirements. A new OCS plan has been submitted for IPPC member comments, and compiled comments with Secretariat's responses have been posted below on 2014-05-27.

The IPPC Secretariat has joined forces with the Codex Secretariat for the procurement of an off-the-shelf product meeting user needs. This product has been identified with PleaseReview, which will be launched as configured for IPPC and Codex Alimentarius needs on 1st July 2016. The new system can be reached at the following address: https://ocs-new.ippc.int/

Starting from 1st July 2016, the new OCS has been used for the first consultation and the second consultation on draft ISPMs**.


Please look at the user manual and other resources in the publication box at the bottom of this page. The following OCS resources are also available:

Please note that your login details may be different from the IPP ones. In order to retrieve your password, select the "Reset password" tab in the OCS homepage.


For further information, please check the OCS user manual below or the resources above. Alternatively, you can contact the IPPC OCS team at IPPC-OCS@fao.org.

This web page was last updated on 2017-03-08 by Mirko Montuori. For queries or comments regarding the contents of this page, please contact him at mirko.montuori@fao.org.