¿What is the role of the NPPOs?

The NPPO in each country is responsible for:

  •         Issuance of Phytosanitary Certificates
  •         Reporting the ocurrence, outbreak and spread of pests
  •         Inspecting consignments of plant and plant products and other regulated items
  •         Managing  treatments related to plant health (either disinfections or disinfestations) of consignments
  •         Surveillance and maintenance  of pest free areas and areas of low pest prevalence
  •         Conducting pest risk analyses
  •         Ensuring the maintenance of phytosanitary security of consignments after certification.
  •         Staff training and development.
  •         Reporting any changes in its organizational structure, regulations and other phytosanitary issues.

The NPPOs are representatives of the Contracting Parties to the IPPC and therefore responsible for organizing and undertaking the consultation process and preparation for meetings in such a way that national positions are the result of open and transparent discussion among  all public and private stakeholders with expertise on the issue.

NPPOs’ Contact Point

The Contact Point should:
•    Be an expert on phytosanitary issues relating to his country
•    Provide status reports as a member of the CPM and be aware of related issues of concern and significance
•    Coordinate contributions necessary for the development of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM)
•    Respond to the requests of other members to the best of his ability
•    Help ensure that stakeholders are aware of IPPC standards
•    Coordinate, train and provide support to enable NPPO compliance with the requirements of the  IPPC
•    Redirect all requests for phytosanitary information from contracting parties and the IPPC to relevant officials
•    Track the status of responses to information requests