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In plant health, a Systems Approach plan (as detailed in ISPM 14 ) integrates different measures for pest risk management, at least two of which act independently to meet a predetermined level of protection with its cumulative effect. This approach already has a significant volume of trade taking place.

In the below you can find introductory videos explaining Systems Approach and why it’s key for the IPPC Community, in addition you can access international standards of particular relevance and other resources to help you implement Systems Approach.

The following link takes you to the Online Tools area. You can also access it using the sidebar on the right.

Two Excel-based tools have been developed by STDF-supported projects in order to support the design and evaluation of Systems Approaches. The aim of the tools is to build confidence and competence in this area by supporting critical thinking around issues such as why each measure is included and if there is an opportunity for real-time monitoring and adjustment of the system. You can freely download the tools to use, they are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Facilitators to support the use of these tools are presented there as well.

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This web page was last updated on 2023-02-24. For further information please contact [email protected].


This reference standard is a listing of terms and definitions with specific meaning for phytosanitary systems worldwide. It has been developed to provide a harmonized internationally agreed vocabulary associated with the implementation of the IPPC and ISPMs.

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The country page shows the contact information of the IPPC Official Contact Points of the IPPC Contracting Parties and local contacts of non-Contracting parties and Territories. Under the contact information, it lists the public national reporting obligations which shall be reported by the contracting parties via this Country page. These obligations include reporting of (1)Designation of an Official IPPC Contact Point, (2)Description of the NPPO, (3)Phytosanitary requirements, restrictions & prohibitions, (4)List of entry points, (5)List of regulated pest, (6)Pest report and (7)Emergency action.

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