IPPC Calls for Topics, Treatment Data, and Experts

An International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) call is a request for data, information, topics for standards, experts, support, etc. The IPPC Secretariat holds calls on a regular and ad-hoc basis.

Call for topics

Every two years, IPPC member countries have an opportunity to submit topics for consideration of development into standards, known as the Call for topics. The next call for topics will occur in 2018.

Call for phytosanitary treatment submission data

The IPPC Secretariat holds a call for phytosanitary treatment submission data on an ad-hoc basis.

Call for experts

Once the dates are confirmed for a meeting of experts to draft a standard, the IPPC Secretariat holds a call for experts. Nominations must come from the national or regional plant protection organization, and should have the necessary scientific expertise and subject matter experience to assist in the development of the draft standard.

For more information about IPPC calls, contact Marina Zlotina, PPQ’s IPPC Technical Director, at

NAPPO Call for Projects

The North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) Secretariat holds an annual call for project proposals for the NAPPO Work Program. The stakeholders from the three member countries (the United States, Canada, and Mexico) and NAPPO Expert Groups can submit new proposals for NAPPO’s consideration. Instructions are referenced below.

The call for project proposals is NAPPO’s first step in the process for identifying new projects or topics to add to its Work Program. This is also the initial step in the NAPPO standard setting process for proposals to develop regional standards.

From June 1-July 31, 2017, U.S. stakeholders are invited to work with APHIS-PPQ to submit new project proposals. Proposals may focus on the development or revision of regional standards, workshops (e.g. to improve the implementation of standards), technical and scientific documents, surveillance protocols, or other projects to develop similar and consistent approaches for plant health measures. For your reference, the NAPPO Secretariat has posted on its Web site a list of current projects and topics and a list of regional standards that need updating.

The new project proposal form and instructions on how to submit proposals can be found on the NAPPO website. U.S. stakeholders must first submit proposals, not including proposals derived from a current NAPPO expert groups, to APHIS-PPQ. We then compile and submit U.S. proposals to the NAPPO Secretariat when the call for proposals period closes.  Please send your completed proposal form no later than July 15, 2017, to Patricia Abad, PPQ’s NAPPO Technical Director, at

Proposals should address, among other things:

  • Justification and scope: Specifically, why a new or revised standard is needed, its importance to the NAPPO region, key issues to be addressed, and the nature and magnitude of the problem that would be solved
  • Relevance to the new 5-year NAPPO Strategic Plan 
  • Objectives, deliverables, tasks, timelines, resources available or needed, and funding

Once the call for proposals ends, the NAPPO Secretariat and member countries will compile, evaluate, discuss, and prioritize the proposals according to the criteria listed in the new project proposal form. Projects that are identified as a priority by the NAPPO Executive Committee and agreed upon by the three member countries will eventually be added to the NAPPO Work Program.

For more information on the NAPPO Call for projects, visit the NAPPO Web site  or contact

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