Recommendations Procedures


Process for developing and adopting CPM Recommendations

Adopted by CPM-9 (2014), revised by CPM-10 (2015) - Appendix 07 to CPM-10 Report - The Process for developing and adopting CPM Recommendations is as follows:

(1) A contracting party (CP) or the IPPC Secretariat may propose a topic for a CPM Recommendation and present it to the CPM. An initial draft of the proposed recommendation and the rationale or justification for its need should be presented to the CPM for consideration.

(2) The need for a new CPM Recommendation should be discussed and agreed by the CPM.

(3) A draft or, if necessary, a revised draft CPM Recommendation should then be prepared by the IPPC Secretariat (or where appropriate by the CP making the proposal) by 15 May and circulated for comments along with the rationale or justification for its need for a period of three months.

(4) Comments should be submitted and compiled using the IPPC Online Comment System (OCS) and compiled comments will be published on the IPP.

(5) The IPPC Secretariat will revise draft CPM Recommendations based on comments received, and then submit the revised draft to the CPM Bureau for consideration of comments, revision if necessary and recommendation to the CPM for adoption.

(6) The draft CPM Recommendation is submitted to the CPM for adoption.

(7) If the draft CPM Recommendation is not adopted and needs further review or revision, the CPM may decide to send it to an appropriate CPM body or group for further revision. The revised CPM Recommendation is then sent to the next CPM for consideration and adoption.

(8) Adopted CPM Recommendations are numbered and formatted by the IPPC Secretariat and posted on the IPP.

Criteria for CPM Recommendations (Agreed by CPM-12 (2017))

The following are the main criteria to be considered when reviewing proposed topics for CPM Recommendations:

• In all cases, the proposed topic should address issues that fit within the legal framework of the Convention, its International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), or strategic goals.

• And as much as possible, the proposed topic should:

1) address important issues related to plant health, either to promote action on a specific phytosanitary issue or to address a more generalized issue;

2) be relevant to the needs of the contracting parties, or at least a majority of the parties;

3) cover issues or actions that contracting parties or national or regional plant protection organizations have some influence, authority or competence to address;

4) offer “guidance” that is not possible or appropriate to offer, at the moment, in the form of a standard and;

5) provide practical guidance and support for improving the implementation of the convention, a specific ISPM or set of ISPMs.

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