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APHIS Invites U.S. Stakeholders to Comment on NAPPO Standards and Other Documents

Today, the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) posted on its website three draft, revised Regional Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (RSPMs) and two technical documents for 2021 Consultation (review and commenting). APHIS is inviting U.S. stakeholders to submit comments to PPQ on the draft NAPPO documents by the dates noted below.

Documents for Country Consultation

Comments Due to APHIS/ PPQ

NAPPO Revision of Regional Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (RSPM) 35: Guidelines for the Movement of Propagative plant material of stone fruit, pome fruit, and grapevine into a NAPPO member country (including pest list Annexes)

July 16, 2021

NAPPO Revision of Regional Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (RSPM) 22: Guidelines for construction and operation of a containment facility for insects and mites used as biological control agents (BCAs)

July 16, 2021

NAPPO Revision of Regional Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (RSPM) 38: Importation of Certain Wooden and Bamboo Commodities into a NAPPO country

July 16, 2021

NAPPO Position Document: Asian gypsy moth (AGM) specified risk periods in Japan, Russia, Republic of Korea, and China

July 16, 2021

NAPPO Science & Technology Document “Contaminating organisms affecting trade in wood commodities and forestry products”

June 18, 2021

For a copy the documents, specific instructions, and Agency points of contact for submitting comments to PPQ on the NAPPO documents, visit the APHIS website. Information is also available on the NAPPO consultation website. Comments should fall into one of three categories: substantial, technical, or editorial. Please provide alternative wording and a justification for any suggested amendments.

APHIS thanks the U.S. and NAPPO experts involved in developing the draft documents as noted here.

For more information, contact PPQ’s NAPPO Technical Director, Patricia Abad, at

NAPPO 2021 Work Program

To view the list of NAPPO’s current projects under the 2021 NAPPO work program and active expert groups, please visit the main NAPPO website.

Upcoming Events and Activities

NAPPO will hold its annual meeting virtually from November 3-5, 2021. On course with the normal country rotation, APHIS-PPQ will host the 2021 NAPPO Annual Meeting. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate. Please visit the NAPPO Annual Meeting Web site for more information.

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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