The Plant Health Quadrilaterals (Quads) is a strategic coalition composed of the national plant protection organizations of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States of America. It is not an official treaty organization but rather an informal alliance and venue for cooperation among the plant health authorities of the Quads countries. It enables our respective plant health and biosecurity officials to address plant health and biosecurity issues, particularly as they affect international trade of plants, plant products, and other regulated articles.
We contribute leadership through our efforts to anticipate and respond to global plant health challenges and opportunities. We collaborate to influence the work of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), to better protect our plant resource base and environment from pest threats, and to facilitate safe international trade in plants and plant products.
To provide a collaborative forum for developing and implementing strategies to enhance the work of the IPPC. We identify and build consensus on key IPPC issues and priorities, and we drive the development, adoption, and implementation of international standards acceptable to the like-minded member countries.
The Quads shares information and identifies and pursues collaborative work on issues of mutual concern in areas such as plant quarantine policy and operations, emergency preparedness and response, control of established plant pests, international standards, capacity building, and global intelligence gathering.
The Quads framework:
For more information about the Plant Health Quadrilaterals Group, contact Stephanie Dubon, Deputy Technical Director of International Phytosanitary Standards, at firstname.lastname@example.org.