Plant Health Risk Management

ISPM for Grain - International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures on Grain Movement

Development of this proposed International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures on Grain Movement is being conducted under the International Plant Protection Convention and when finalised will affect shipments of grain from Parties to the Convention, i.e. all the major exporting and importing countries.

In past meetings, IGTC representation ensured that the scope of the, yet to be developed, Standard is confined to solely phytosanitary issues. IGTC has been invited by the IPPC to provide industry guidance and advice as part of the Expert Working Group in charge of the preliminary stages of the drafting process. The IGTC continues to work with its global participants to raise awareness of the forthcoming standard and provide industry expertise as needed.

E-phytos – Electronic conveyance of phytosanitary certification data

Each shipment which is part of the global trade in plant products is accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate. Every year, millions of such certificates are created, printed, and exchanged between countries. These certificates reassure importers that the products have been inspected and found to be free of the kinds of pests that could devastate their local economy by harming agriculture or the environment. e-Phyto is designed to eventually replace paper certificates entirely.

IGTC engages on this with the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), which is the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), on a global system of electronic phytosanitary certificates, known as e-Phyto.