The IPPC ePhyto Solution

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The Generic ePhyto National System is now live! All countries without a national system can now use the GeNs to produce and exchange ePhytos through the Hub. To find out more how to register to use the GeNS Click Here

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ePhyto is short for “electronic phytosanitary certificate”. An ePhyto is the electronic version of a phytosanitary certificate in XML format. All the information contained in a paper phytosanitary certificate is also in the ePhyto. ePhytos can be exchanged electronically between countries or the data printed out on paper. ePhytos should be produced in accordance with ISPM 12 including Appendix 1.

The IPPC ePhyto Solution consists of three main elements aimed at supporting the exchange of ePhytos between National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs):

A central server (Hub): to facilitate the transfer of electronic phytosanitary certificates between NPPOs, either from and to their own national electronic system or by using the generic system described below. (To read more about the Hub click here)

A Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS): a web-based system that can produce and receive ePhytos, to allow countries that do not have a national electronic system to produce, send and receive ePhytos. (To read more about the GeNS click here)

• Harmonization: the structure and transmission of ePhytos will follow a harmonized format through the use of standardized mapping, codes and lists (Click here to learn more)

If you are a country interested to join the ePhyto Solution and would like to have further information on the requirements and steps please click here.

A Brief History:

Since 2011, the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) has encouraged advancement of electronic certification. CPM-9 approved Appendix 1 to ISPM 12. The appendix describes the format and contents of electronic phytosanitary certificates and their exchange between NPPOs and also references harmonized codes and schema.

To continue the development of ePhyto, CPM-8 established an ePhyto Steering Group (SG). The SG became responsible for increasing the understanding and awareness of ePhyto, supporting its implementation and assisting in the development of systems to support electronic phytosanitary exchange. The ePhyto SG consists of representation from 6 FAO regions and the IPPC Secretariat is seeking the participation of the remaining region. A member of the CPM Bureau also participates on the SG along with Secretariat support.

The SG supported the development of an independent study on the feasibility of an electronic hub that could facilitate the transfer of electronic certificates between national plant protection organizations. CPM-9 (2014) reviewed the ePhyto Hub Feasibility Study and encouraged the SG to urgently continue its work in preparing for the development of an ePhyto hub. The SG, under the oversight of the CPM Bureau has continued to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of electronic phytosanitary certification (ePhyto);
  • Explore and progress capacity development opportunities;
  • Prepare for the development of an ePhyto hub, and
  • Consider implementation issues associated with creating an ePhyto hub

Information on ePhyto can be found by following the links below and to the right. Any additional information may also be obtained by contacting the IPPC Secretariat ( or by directly contacting the ePhyto Team (

Doc # 标题 Files Publication date
加入ePhyto 服务器指南 En Es Fr Ru Ar Zh Link 14 六月 2018
1 电子证书(ePhyto)历史与发展 En 10 九月 2012
3 IPPC ePhyto解决方案初级指南 En 21 二月 2018
2 全球ePhyto可行性研究项目 En 12 二月 2015
加入通用国家系统GeNS Link
4 关于ePhyto中心服务器常见问题解答 En 19 二月 2015
12 中心服务器示范项目报告 En 25 五月 2018
6 宣传页 Link 05 二月 2016
13 联合国亚太经济与社会部(ESCAP) — 有关卫生与植物检疫措施(e-SPS)实施暨推动农业贸易自动化研讨会 Link 09 一月 2017
11 使用ePhyto解决方案的有关政策 — 草案 En 06 六月 2018
9 服务器要求 En 06 六月 2018
10 ePhyto国家通用系统(GeNS)要求 En 06 六月 2018
5 标准与贸易发展基金项目(STDF/PG/504) Link 17 一月 2017
7 ePhyto技术文献 Link 01 六月 2015
8 ePhyto时间表 En 27 六月 2018

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