This resource presents a guide for establishing a plant pest diagnostic laboratory. This resource aims to provide information to support the establishment, operation and maintenance of diagnostic laboratories and services in order to support national phytosanitary systems. The guide covers the work of official laboratories providing diagnostic services to national plant protection organization (NPPO) procedures such as surveillance, pest risk analysis, export certification and import verificaion. The guide is organized into two main sections and a third information section. The first section considers the operational basis of the laboratory and the hard and soft infrastructure needed to deliver diagnostic services. The second section considers the stages through which a sample progresses through the diagnostic process, from initial reception through to the final fate of the sample. In section three, the guide suggests sources of information and expertise that NPPOs may wish to use. The Plant Pest Diagnostic guide is available in English.
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Translation of this guide in Russian was possible through the project Strengthening phytosanitary inspection and diagnostic services in Azerbaijan (MTF/AZE/007/STF) and thanks to the support of the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia.