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International Standards - 2018 country consultation

The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has published a series of draft international standards (ISPMs) for country consultation.  The draft documents, as well as a summary PowerPoint presentation for each one, can be downloaded from the ‘Current consultations for draft ISPMs’ section of the IPPC website at Further details about the IPPC can be found at


The drafts are in two batches. The first batch consists of those which are out for the first round of consultation and the second consists of those which are out for the second round of consultation.

1. First Consultation

We are not constrained in the type or number of comments we can make on these drafts.  It is also important to identify any potential implementation problems.

Draft Standards

  • 1994-001 Draft 2018 Amendments to ISPM 5: Glossary of phytosanitary terms
  • 2009-005 Draft Revision of ISPM 8: Determination of pest status in an area
  • 2014-002 Draft ISPM: Authorization of entities to perform phytosanitary actions
  • 2014-006 Draft ISPM: Requirements for the use of modified atmosphere treatments as phytosanitary measures

2. Second Consultation

These drafts have already been out for consultation, redrafted by the IPPC Standards Committee, and prepared for final consideration.  We will seek only to submit crucial comments on these drafts: those that concern issues arising in the drafts which would cause significant misunderstanding or major problems of implementation.  

Draft Standards

  • 1994-001 Draft 2017 amendments to ISPM 5: Glossary of phytosanitary terms
  • 2014-004 Draft ISPM Requirements for the use of fumigation as a phytosanitary measure

If you wish to comment on any of the above drafts, please send your comments before 3rd August 2018 to Comments will be considered and where appropriate submitted by the UK’s representatives at meetings of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Convention (EPPO) and the European Council during September.  The European Commission will submit agreed comments on behalf of Member States to the IPPC Secretariat in late September. 

Those outside the UK who wish to comment should do so via their national plant health authorities.