This information paper provides a brief review of the Historical Background of the IPPC.
It describes the Kind of Organization the IPPC is, and- gives an update on the number of Contracting Parties. A coloured list shows an overview of all member countries and their membership in Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPO) and the IPPC. A last section summarizes background information on The Exchange of Official Phytosanitary Information. Note: The New Revised Text of the IPPC (1997) entered into force on 2 October 2005. As of November 2006, the IPPC has 159 contracting parties.