National Phytosanitary Capacity is defined as: “The ability of individuals, organizations and systems of a country to perform functions effectively and sustainably in order to protect plants and plant products from pests and to facilitate trade, in accordance with the IPPC”.
Article IV of the IPPC provides the general provisions relating to the organizational arrangements for national plant protection for contracting parties to achieve the purpose of the IPPC, i.e. “securing common and effective action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of plants and plant products, and to promote appropriate measures for their control”.
Many things contribute to the sustainability of the performance of functions of a national plant protection organization. These include but are not limited to:
The aim of the IPPC implementation efforts is to facilitate and enable NPPOs to effectively and sustainable service the needs of their country in the protection of plants and plant products and the facilitation of trade. Achievement of this aim would result in: