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Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE)

What is a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE)?

The Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) is a fully comprehensive NPPO-led, facilitator-enabled, IPPC Secretariat supported process of multiple phases, with a wide range of benefits, to help countries evaluate their phytosanitary capacities.


  • Is a framework that the country adopts for its own purposes and benefits, and with support from an internationally-trained PCE facilitator
  • Uses a modular online software system consisting of 13 modules that uses a questionnaire style to document the evaluation process. NPPOs can decide to apply all the modules or just a few, according to their preferences
  • Empowers NPPOs to put in place a sovereign plan for how they wish to address any gaps identified, at their system and organizational level and to better implement their core activities to enhance their food security and international trade.
  • Enables NPPOs to fully prioritize activities/resources, through a framework for rational strategic planning, to fill gaps and enhance the effectiveness of the overall phytosanitary system.

To find out more about the PCE process and how to start one in your country, read the next steps below or contact Sarah Brunel, IPPC Implementation Facilitation Officer, at [email protected]

PCEs in practice: examples and case studies

   What are the benefits of a PCE?

   Who drives the PCE process?

   How is the PCE process applied?

   What topics are covered in the PCE?

   How long does a PCE last?

   Where has the PCE been applied?

   How is a PCE financed?

   Why are the PCE and its outputs confidential?

   I am interested in starting a PCE in my country. What are the next steps?

Go to PCE tool

Title Files Publication date
Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Tool (PCE) - Single page flyer - 2011 En 17 Jun 2011
Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Strategy for 2020-2030 En 20 May 2019
Procedure for PCE facilitator certification En 01 Feb 2022
Confidentiality agreement regarding the IPPC PCE En 01 Feb 2022

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