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Draft Standards

Draft Standards and Other Documents for Comment

PPQ actively works to achieve broad participation by States, industry, and other stakeholders in the development and use of international and regional plant health standards. Plant health stakeholders are strongly encouraged to comment on draft standards, documents, and specifications. The drafts below are open for comments and can be accessed by selecting the consultation links below.

International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Consultation

There are at least four consultation periods throughout the year; please refer to the section “How to Submit Comments” below for specific submission deadlines:

After comments are submitted and consultation closes, the IPPC Secretariat compiles the comments and posts them to the IPPC website.

For more information about IPPC consultation, contact Dr. Marina Zlotina, PPQ's IPPC Technical Director, at

How to Submit Comments

You can download all drafts for comment from the relevant IPPC consultation site. To view the documents in English, open the “En” version. Please focus your comments on these areas: substantive (conceptual changes and the addition of new aspects or ideas), technical (scientific corrections and technical adjustments), and editorial (clarifies or simplifies the text without changing the meaning). For each comment, provide alternative wording and justification for the changes you recommend. For each standard, use Word document “Review” features to comment directly in the draft document downloaded from the IPPC website. You can also provide comments in any other format by indicating the paragraph number in the corresponding draft document. If the comment is relevant to the entire draft, state “General” instead.

Please email your comments by August 15, 2022, to:

Dr. Marina Zlotina
PPQ's IPPC Technical Director
Telephone: 301-851-2200

Draft standards for 1st Consultation

Criteria for determining host status of fruit to fruit flies based on available information (Annex to ISPM 37: Determination of host status of fruit to fruit flies (Tephritidae)):The Annex will outline criteria for the determination of host status of fruits and vegetables to fruit flies based on information that already published (without the need to conduct verification experiments), and should provide guidelines for the consistent application of these criteria.

Revision 2022 of ISPM 5 (Glossary of Phytosanitary Terms)

Draft standards for 2nd and Subsequent Consultation

Second Consultation usually addresses the outstanding issues that were not covered during the first consultation.

Revision of ISPM 4 (Requirements for the establishment of Pest Free Areas): This standard describes the requirements for the establishment and maintenance of pest free areas (PFAs) as a phytosanitary measure for certification of plants and plant products and other regulated articles exported from the PFA or to support the scientific justification for phytosanitary measures required by an importing country for protection of an endangered area.

Use of specific import authorization (Annex to ISPM 20: Guidelines for a phytosanitary import regulatory system):This draft Annex provides requirements on harmonized use of specific import authorizations (SIA). The SIAs are generally applied on a case-by-case basis and tailored to each specific import situation. They may be used when official consent for import is necessary, or when import requirements have not been established, or when import would otherwise be prohibited.

Draft revision of ISPM 18 (Requirements for the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary measure):This draft revision standard provides technical guidance on the application of ionizing radiation as a phytosanitary measure for regulated pests on regulated articles. This standard will also provide consistency with the ISPMs for using temperature treatments, fumigation, and modified atmospheres as phytosanitary measures.

Revision 2021 of ISPM 5 (Glossary of Phytosanitary Terms)

Phytosanitary Treatments (PTs) for 2nd Consultation

Draft Annex to ISPM 28: Irradiation treatment for Pseudococcus jackbeardsleyi

Diagnostic protocols (DPs) for 1st consultation

Genus Ceratitis

Mononychelus tanajoa (green cassava mite)

Draft Specifications for Consultation

Annex International movement of mango (Mangifera indica) fruit to ISPM 46 (Commodity-based standards for phytosanitary measures): The annex should provide guidance for national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) on options for phytosanitary measures for the import and export of fresh mango fruit. The annex would identify common and significant pests or pest groups that are known to be associated with fresh mango fruit globally and describe selected options for phytosanitary measures that may be applied to reduce pest risk.

Field inspection (including growing season inspection) (Annex to ISPM 23: Guidelines for inspection): The proposed Annex should provide general and specific requirements for field inspection (including growing-season inspection) that will apply if a national plant protection organization (NPPO) uses field inspection as a stand-alone phytosanitary measure or as one component of a systems approach.

Revision of ISPM 26: Establishment of pest free areas for fruit flies (Tephritidae): The revised ISPM 26 should provide guidance for the establishment and maintenance of pest free areas for fruit flies (Tephritidae) of economic importance, including requirements that accommodate the needs of both countries with indigenous fruit flies and countries that are historically free from fruit flies.

Draft Specifications for Guides

Authorization of entities to perform phytosanitary actions

National Reporting Obligations (NROs)

Implementation of risk-based inspection for imported consignments

Draft Specifications for Training Materials

Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) facilitator training materials

For previous consultations on draft standards, select here.

For previous consultations on draft specifications, select here.

For previous notification periods on diagnostic protocols, select here.

North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) Consultation

NAPPO consultation varies depending on the project and on timelines agreed by the NAPPO governance committees. For more information about NAPPO consultation, contact Stephanie Dubon, PPQ’s NAPPO Technical Director, at

There are currently no NAPPO draft standards available for consultation.

For previous consultations on NAPPO projects, contact

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