International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) are the standards adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), which is the governing body of the IPPC. The IPPC is the only standard setting organization for plant health. In addition, these standards, guidelines and recommendations are recognized as the basis for phytosanitary measures applied in trade by the Members of the World Trade Organization under the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the SPS Agreement).
Both contracting and non-contracting parties to the IPPC are encouraged to implement these standards.
Standards in themselves are not regulatory instruments but come into force once countries establish requirements within their national legislation. Requests for specific information on import requirements should be addressed to the national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) of the country of import.
The IPPC Standard Setting Procedure (SSP) was revised by CPM-7 (2012) and further adjusted by CPM-11 (2016). The SSP as adopted by CPM-11 (2016) is posted below for easy access (the English version is the only language version currently available - other FAO languages versions will soon be available). It will soon be available as an Appendix to the CPM report. The PowerPoint presentation available below provides an overview of the previous SSP but will soon be updated with changes adopted by CPM-11 (2016).
The IPPC Secretariat makes a call for topics every two years. Contracting parties (CPs) and Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) submit detailed proposals for new topics or for the revision of existing ISPMs to the IPPC Secretariat. The Standards Committee (SC) reviews the submissions and recommends changes to the List of topics for IPPC standards (LOT) to the CPM. The List of topics for IPPC standards (LOT) is adopted by the CPM.
The SC reviews and approves specifications for each topic that outlines what the ISPM should address.
IPPC members identify and nominate technical experts that are approved by the SC to develop the draft ISPM.
The SC approves the draft ISPM and submits it for First Consultation and contracting parties provide comments to the IPPC Secretariat using the IPPC Online Comment System (OCS). A working group consisting of seven SC members (SC-7) reviews the comments and revises the draft ISPM as appropriate. The revised draft ISPM is then made available for the Second Consultation. Taking into the account the comments from the Second Consultation, the SC recommends the draft standard to the CPM for adoption.
Draft ISPMs are submitted to the CPM for adoption. If all contracting parties support the adoption of the draft ISPM, the CPM adopts the ISPM without discussion. If a contracting party does not support the adoption they may submit an objection to the IPPC Secretariat at least 3 weeks prior to the CPM. Concerned CPs should make every effort to seek agreement before CPM. The objection will be added to the CPM agenda and the CPM will decide on a way forward.
Adopted standards are published on the IPP.
The Standard Committee (SC) adopt draft diagnostic protocols on the behalf of the CPM. Once the SC approves a diagnostic protocol, it is subject to a 45-day notification period, which take place twice a year: between 1 July - 15 August and between 15 December - 30 January. During this 45-day notification period, contracting parties may submit objections and the draft is returned to the SC for further guidance.
|Biennium work plan (2016-2017) for the IPPC Secretariat: Standard Setting Unit||En|
|Procédure d'établissement de normes de la CIPV||En Es Fr Ru Ar Zh||25 Oct 2016|
|Brochure: An introduction to the standard setting process||En||08 Déc 2016|
|Brochure: An introduction for authors of IPPC Diagnostic Protocols||En||08 Déc 2016|
|Factsheet: An introduction to the standard setting process||En||08 Déc 2016|
|IPPC Style Guide (2016-02)||En||11 Fév 2016|
|Presentation: the IPPC Standard Setting Process (Updated after CPM-11 (2016))||En||04 Mai 2016|
|Standard Setting Unit staff (2016-11-08)||En||30 Aoû 2016|