Standard setting

The development and adoption of standards, recommendations, diagnostic protocols and phytosanitary treatments is currently the major role of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures and the IPPC Secretariat. FAO provides a neutral forum for members to negotiate such international instruments as the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). IPPC standards are recognized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as international benchmarks for trade in plant commodities.

The WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) recognizes standards developed under the auspices of the IPPC as the only international standards for plant health. International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) are adopted by the Commission and come into force once countries establish aligned requirements within their national legislation. The standards of the IPPC are recognized as the basis for phytosanitary measures applied in trade by the Members of the WTO.

The standard setting work of the IPPC is led by the Commission’s Standards Committee. The Standards Committee (SC) is supported by various technical panels, expert working groups, and the IPPC Secretariat.

The Standard Setting Unit is committed to efficiently facilitate the development of harmonized international standards through a transparent and inclusive process meeting the needs of contracting parties.

IPPC Standards
Standards Committee
Expert Drafting Group
Adopted Standards Approved Specifications Standards Committee Technical Panels: EWGs

Standard Setting Process

List of topics
Drafting standards
Consultation and review
Adopting and publication

Título Files Publication date
IPPC Phytosanitary Treatments search tool Link 24 Abr 2018
2020 work plan for the IPPC Secretariat: Standard Setting Unit En 06 Dic 2019
TPPT Treatment Research Guidelines Link 20 Dic 2018
CPM Recommendations and Procedures Link Link 15 May 2018
Current Consultations for CPM Recommendations Link 15 May 2018
Procedimiento de establecimiento de normas aprobado por la Comisión de Medidas Fitosanitarias Link 25 Oct 2016
Brochure: An introduction to the standard setting process Link 07 Dic 2016
Brochure: An introduction for authors of IPPC Diagnostic Protocols Link 07 Dic 2016
Factsheet: An introduction to the standard setting process Link 07 Dic 2016
IPPC Style Guide (2019-04) En 31 May 2019
Presentation: the IPPC Standard Setting Process (Updated after CPM-11 (2016)) En 04 May 2016
Language review group process Link
TPDP instructions to authors Link
Procedure Manual for Standard Setting Link 11 Ene 2021
TP Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure Link
SC Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure Link
Standard Setting Unit at a Glance (2016) Link 17 Mar 2017
Standard Setting Unit staff (as of 2020-04-10) En 14 Abr 2020
Introduction to international phytosanitary terminology Link Link 23 Mar 2017
Factsheet: The draft ISPM on the International movement of grain Link 06 Oct 2017
Factsheet: Phytosanitary electronic certification Link 06 Oct 2017
New sitemap for the SSU pages En

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