A new phytosanitary standard on seed adopted at international level


The governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) adopted a new International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) on 6 April 2017.

The standard provides guidance to assist official National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) on establishing procedures for phytosanitary import requirements; inspection, sampling and testing of seeds; and on the phytosanitary certification of seeds for export and re-export.

This standard may help manage, in a science-based manner, the pest risk posed by seeds moved internationally.

“ESA welcomes the adoption of such an international standard that will help harmonizing pest risk management among the 183 IPPC contracting parties and therefore facilitate the international movement of healthy high quality seeds for our European seed industry,” says ESA Technical Manager Plant Health and Seed Trade, Christophe Rouillard.