Current expert consultation on draft DPs (ECDP)

This year, experts worldwide are invited to submit comments on two different draft diagnostic protocols (DPs) under the work programme of the Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols (TPDP). The schedule for the Expert Consultation for 2018 and the list of the draft DPs to comment on will be posted below.

In order to download and comment on a draft diagnostic protocol, please email to to request access to the protocol you are interested in.

In your email, please specify:

  • Your institution
  • The draft protocol you want to comment upon
  • Your specific expertise in relation to this draft protocol.
Please note: All protocols posted in this page are draft documents not yet adopted. Please do not copy.

Background: The expert consultation on draft diagnostic protocols (DPs) is an expert comment system on the International Phytosanitary Portal (IPP) with the objective to ensure improvement on quality for the development of a draft diagnostic protocol (DP), through inputs and feedback, in a scientific basis, from a wider number of experts worldwide not part of the DP drafting group. A wider consultation of experts on draft protocols in earlier stages of development is crucial to ensure the quality of the protocol and to facilitate the adoption process.

Process: IPPC diagnostic protocols are under development in the framework of ISPM 27: 2006 (Diagnostic protocols for regulated pests).The protocols are developed by a main author with support from a few experts and together make up Diagnostic Protocol (DP) drafting group. An expert group, the Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols, ensures that draft texts meet the requirements set for IPPC diagnostic protocols. At later stages of development, the draft IPPC protocols are submitted to members of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM, the governing body of the IPPC) for comments, and finally submitted for adoption by the Standards Committee (SC) on behalf of CPM.

Content of protocols: As provided in ISPM 27:2006, IPPC diagnostic protocols give the procedures and methods for the official diagnosis of regulated pests that are relevant for international trade. They contain the minimum requirements for reliable diagnosis of the specified regulated pests, and provide flexibility to ensure that methods are appropriate for use in the full range of circumstances for which a diagnostic protocol may be used (e.g. from detection of a pest in a consignment, to surveillance, to routine diagnosis). Only methods of relevance for diagnostics are given in the protocol. The methods included in diagnostic protocols are selected on the basis of their sensitivity, specificity, and reproducibility. Information related to these factors is provided for each of these methods.

In order to achieve high quality of IPPC diagnostic protocols, we are seeking expert input on the protocols listed below.

For information on the Expert Consultation process, please email
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