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The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an international plant health agreement, established in 1952, that aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests. See our media kit page for downloadable PDFs with more information.

You can also try our e-learning course “Introduction to the International Plant Protection Convention” created in collaboration with with UN Environment and made available on the InforMEA e-learning platform.

Contracting parties The 183 signatories adhere to the Convention. Countries that wish to become contracting parties to the IPPC must deposit their instrument of adherence with the Director General of FAO. Visit the site of the legal office for details of contracting parties adherence.
Commission on Phytosanitary Measures The CPM is the governing body of the IPPC.
CPM Bureau The seven-member elected executive body of the CPM that provides guidance to the IPPC Secretariat and CPM on strategic direction, cooperation, financial and operational management.
IPPC Secretariat Responsibile for the coordination of core activities under the IPPC work programme. The Secretariat is provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Regional Plant Protection Organizations A Regional Plant Protection Organization (RPPO) is an inter-governmental organization functioning as a coordinating body for National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) on a regional level. There are currently (as of 30 November 2009) ten RPPOs. Not all contracting parties to the IPPC are members of RPPOs, nor are all members of RPPOs contracting parties to the IPPC. Some contracting parties belong to more than one RPPO.
International Organizations The IPPC liaises with relevant international organizations that help with regional and national capacity building, as well as participating in some meetings as observers.