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APHIS Invites U.S. Stakeholders to Submit Topics on IPPC Standards and Implementation

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has issued a call for topics. The call period is May 4 to September 15, 2021. Specifically, the IPPC is seeking proposals for new plant health standards and new tools that support the implementation of existing standards. IPPC standards play a critical role in safeguarding plant resources and creating new export opportunities for producers and exporters. Priority will be given to proposals that have the largest potential global impact, contribute to the purpose of the IPPC, can be implemented at the global level, clearly identify problems that need to be resolved through the development or implementation of standards, and for which there is adequate technical information available to support the proposed initiative. Visit the IPPC web site to view the criteria for proposals, download the submission forms, and read about other requirements.

Please send your proposals no later than August 15, 2021, to Dr. Marina Zlotina, PPQ’s IPPC Technical Director at

If you have any questions about the IPPC call for proposals, please email Dr. Zlotina. We look forward to receiving your ideas and suggestions for future IPPC work that may be a priority for your industry or organization.

Stay Involved!

U.S. stakeholders are vital to the work of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and NAPPO. Your input on proposed projects, review of draft standards and documents, and participation in IPPC and NAPPO events ensures we are developing relevant standards that advance U.S. harmonization goals. Standards facilitate the safe trade of plants, plant products and other regulated articles, harmonize plant protection policies and practices among and between trading partners in North America and internationally, and provide a critical framework for addressing phytosanitary trade issues and negotiating market access requests.

Spread the Word! If you represent a large organization or association, please distribute this message to your membership.

Stay Connected! To receive these updates in your inbox, please subscribe to the APHIS Stakeholder Registry and select the “International Phytosanitary Standards” topic.

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