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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 four consultation periods throughout the year:

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 Marina.A.Zlotina@usda.gov.

Draft standards for 1st consultation

Audit in the phytosanitary context: Provides guidance to national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) on conducting audits in the phytosanitary context, describes the purpose and procedures for audit activities, including the circumstances that may trigger an audit, and the criteria and procedures for planning, preparing for and performing audits.

Focused revision of ISPM 12 in relation to re-export: Clarifies considerations and requirements for preparing and issuing phytosanitary certificates in re-export situations.

Revision of ISPM 5: Glossary: Includes the revision of the terms “emergency action” and “clearance (of a consignment)”, and reasons for deletion of the term “incidence”.

Commodity standards: This is the draft concept standard for commodity standards. It is an outline structure for commodity standards that will form the annexes to the concept standard, using draft regional standards as models. Commodity standards are intended to support, not replace, pest risk analysis.

Draft standards for 2nd and subsequent consultation
Several Phytosanitary treatments as Annexes to ISPM 28: Phytosanitary treatments for regulated pests are open. These include temperature treatments and irradiation for a number of quarantine pests including fruit flies.

Draft Specifications for consultation

Design and use of systems approaches for phytosanitary certification of seeds (Annex to ISPM 38: International movement of seeds): The Annex will provide a framework of risk management measures, including existing pest management practices used in the seed industry in combination with quality assurance systems that incorporates defined audit and verification procedures for consistent implementation of the system. 

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): This Annex will outline criteria for the determination of host status of fruits and vegetables to fruit flies based on information that already exists, and should provide guidelines for the consistent application of these criteria.

Technical Panel on Commodity Standards: To ensure consistency of the work on commodity standards, this Technical Panel has been proposed and will be based on this draft specification.

How to Submit Comments

You can download all the drafts for comment on 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, 2020, to:

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

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 upon by the NAPPO governance committees. For more information about the NAPPO consultation, contact Patricia Abad, PPQ's NAPPO Technical Director, at Patricia.V.Abad@usda.gov.

Beginning June 1, U.S. stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on two draft Regional Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (RSPMs) and one NAPPO Science & Technology document for 2020 Consultation. APHIS will accept comments on the draft documents until June 30 (for the S&T document) and July 31 (for the RSPMs). For more information about the NAPPO consultation, contact Patricia Abad, PPQ's NAPPO Technical Director, at Patricia.V.Abad@usda.gov.

Current NAPPO projects available for consultation

The three NAPPO draft standards and documents available for consultation are described below, and include the dates that comments must be submitted and to whom in APHIS.

APHIS will review your comments and contact you for clarification if needed.

How to Submit Comments (Instructions for U.S. Government and other U.S. Stakeholders)

Beginning June 1, you can download all three drafts for comment on the NAPPO consultation website.

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 document, you may use the Adobe PDF “Comment” features to comment directly in the draft PDF document downloaded from the NAPPO consultation website.

You may also use the “Comment Table” provided on the NAPPO consultation website to submit comments to APHIS. Instructions for how to complete the “Comment Table” are provided on that site.

You can also provide comments in any other format by indicating the paragraph (and line) number in the corresponding draft document. If the comment is relevant to the entire draft, state “General” instead.

NAPPO S&T Document on the risks associated with the introduction of exotic lymantriid species of potential concern to the NAPPO region.

The objectives of this project and S&T document are to support regulatory decisions by NAPPO member countries by:

1.   providing a general perspective concerning exotic lymantriid species with the highest risk of introduction and potential impact to the NAPPO region arriving via international trade or other introduction pathways;

2.   developing a risk assessment methodology that can be used to quickly screen large numbers of lymantriid species and efficiently characterize the pest risk posed by these species;

3.   identifying and ranking lymantriid species based on their likelihood of introduction, spread and potential economic and/or environmental impact.

Beginning on June 1, you may download the draft.

Submit comments by June 30 to Glenn.Fowler@usda.gov and Patricia.V.Abad@usda.gov.

NAPPO Regional Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (RSPM) 9 on authorization of laboratories for performing phytosanitary testing & Appendix 1- Audit checklist

This is a revision to the regional standard. The standard describes the criteria and processes used by the national plant protection organization (NPPO) for the authorization of a laboratory to perform phytosanitary testing on behalf of the NPPO. The regional standard also includes an Appendix with an audit checklist document.

Beginning on June 1, you may download the draft standard and appendix.

Submit comments by July 31 to Sarika.S.Negi@usda.gov and Patricia.V.Abad@usda.gov.

NAPPO Regional Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (RSPM) 5 on NAPPO glossary of phytosanitary terms

This is a revision to the regional standard. The standard contains definitions, abbreviations, and acronyms currently used in other NAPPO RSPMs and documents. It does not provide duplicate definitions, abbreviations and acronyms already available in International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 5 Glossary of Phytosanitary Terms. Definitions abbreviations and acronyms used in superseded or archived NAPPO RSPMs have been removed from this Glossary.

Beginning on June 1, you may download the draft.

Submit comments by July 31 to Patricia.V.Abad@usda.gov and Stephanie.M.Dubon@usda.gov.

For previous consultations on NAPPO projects, contact Patricia.V.Abad@usda.gov


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