North American Plant Protection Organization and USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine news

Updates from USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)
Last month, PPQ participated in the North American Plant Protection Organization’s (NAPPO) governance meetings. Below are key updates for U.S. stakeholders from those meetings:

Coming Soon! NAPPO’s 2017 Work Program

NAPPO is finalizing its 2017 work program and will post it online soon. This year’s program will include several carryover projects from 2016, some of which are approaching the country consultation stage. The plan will also include ongoing activities that support International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) initiatives or obligations, such as pest reporting and ePhyto. To view the list of NAPPO’s current projects and active expert groups, please visit the NAPPO website.

Call for Project Proposals

NAPPO will solicit new project proposals this summer from June 1 to July 31, 2017. U.S. stakeholders are invited to work with PPQ to submit new project proposals. Proposals may focus on the development or revision of regional standards, workshops (e.g. to improve the implementation of standards), technical and scientific documents, surveillance protocols, or other projects to develop similar and consistent approaches for phytosanitary measures. More information will be available in the near future on the NAPPO website and the APHIS Web site. The new project proposal form can be previewed here. For more information contact Patricia Abad, PPQ NAPPO Technical Director, at

Country Consultation

On April 1, 2017, NAPPO will post four documents on the NAPPO Web site for country consultation:

Documents for Country Consultation Comments Due to PPQ
Likelihood of Establishment Discussion Document May 15, 2017
Harmonized Criteria for Evaluating Phytosanitary Seed Treatments Discussion Document May 15, 2017
Diversion from Intended Use Specification May 15, 2017
Forestry-Systems Approaches Regional Standard June 15, 2017

PPQ will post specific instructions for submitting U.S. comments on the APHIS Web site by April 1, 2017. For more information or to obtain copies of the documents, contact Patricia Abad, PPQ NAPPO Technical Director at

Upcoming Events

NAPPO will hold its annual meeting October 16-19, 2017 in Mérida, Mexico. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Please visit the NAPPO Web site for more information.

In June, NAPPO will host the International Symposium on Risk-Based Sampling in Baltimore, MD. Please visit the NAPPO Web site for details.

For information on other NAPPO initiatives, please view the February 2017 NAPPO Newsletter.

Stay Involved!

U.S. stakeholders are vital to NAPPO’s work. Your input on proposed projects, review of draft standards and documents, and participation in NAPPO events ensures we are developing technically sound standards that advance U.S. harmonization goals. Regional standards facilitate the safe trade of plants and plant products, harmonize plant protection policies and practices among trading partners in the North America region, 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.

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