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International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures – 2021 country consultation

The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has published a series of draft international standards (ISPMs) and documents for country consultation.  The draft documents 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 ISPMs and Diagnostic Protocolsare 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. The draft specification and ISPMs are the highest priority for review (highlighted in yellow).

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 Specification (deadline for comments 30 July 2021)

  1. First Consultation: Draft Specification Reorganization of Pest Risk Analysis standards (2020-001):

Draft ISPMs (deadline for comments 30 July 2021)

  1. First Consultation:Draft Revision of ISPM 4 (2009-002):
  2. First Consultation:Draft Annex to ISPM 20: Use of Specific Import Authorizations  (2008-006):
  3. First Consultation: Draft Revision of ISPM 18 (2014-007):

Draft Diagnostic Protocols (deadline form comments 30 July 2021)

  1. First Consultation: Draft DP forCandidatus Liberibacter spp. on Citrus spp. (2004-010):

Draft Phytosanitary Treatments (deadline for comments 30 July 2021)

First Consultation:Irradiation treatment for treatment for Pseudococcus jackbeardsleyi (2017-027):

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. Responses to first consultation comments are recorded in the SC report at

Draft ISPMs (deadline for comments 30 July 2021)

  1. Second Consultation:Focused Revision of ISPM 12 (“re-export”) (2015-011):
  2. Second Consultation:Audit in the Phytosanitary context (2015-014):
  3. Second Consultation: Commodity-based standards for phytosanitary measures (2019-008):

Draft Phytosanitary Treatments (deadline for comments 30 July 2021)

  1. Second Consultation:Irradiation treatment for Tortricidae on fruits (2017-011):
  2. Second Consultation:Cold treatment for Bactrocera zonata on Citrus sinensis (2017-013):
  3. Second Consultation:Vapour heat - modified atmosphere treatment for Cydia pomonella and Grapholita molesta in fruit of Malus pumila and Prunus persica  (2017-037/038):
  4. Second Consultation:Irradiation treatment for Sternochetus frigidus (2017-036):
  5. Second Consultation:Irradiation treatment for Zeugodacus tau (2017-025):

CPM Recommendation (deadline for comments 30 July 2021)

First Consultation

First Consultation: Draft CPM Recommendation: Reduce the incidence of contaminating pests associated with regulated articles and unregulated goods to protect plant health and facilitate trade (2019-002):

Implementation and Capacity Development Documents (deadline for comments 1 August 2021)

Draft Specifications for Guides

  1. Development and implementation of regulations and legislation to manage phytosanitary risks on regulated articles for NPPOs, Guide (2018-008) ]
  2. Developing phytosanitary security procedures to maintain the phytosanitary integrity of consignments for export, Guide (2018-028 ):
  3. Contingency planning, Guide (2019-012):

Draft Specifications for Training materials

  1. Plant Health officer training, Curriculum  (2017-054):
  2. Inspection e-Learning course (2020-011):
  3. Surveillance and reporting obligations, e-Learning course (2020-012 ):

Terms of Reference

  1. Proposed Terms of Reference for the IC Sub-group on National Reporting Obligations (NRO):

Details will be posted on the UK Plant Health Information Portal within the ‘Latest news’ section

If you wish to comment on any of the above drafts, please send them before the relevant deadline 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) during September.