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Orientation to CPM


This package of seeds, sent to a U.S. resident, was tested by the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to determine if they carry any pests or diseases of concern to U.S. agriculture. Unsolicited seeds, labeled as a variety of things such as beads and jewelry, have been arriving in mailboxes around the nation, prompting investigation by USDA.

The IPPC is governed by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), which was established under Article XII of the New Revised Text of the IPPC, approved in 1997, and serves as the Convention's governing body, while also being a FAO Statutory Body.

CPM was established in 2005 building on the Committee of Experts on Phytosanitary Measures (CEPM), whose first session was held in 1993.


Know more about IPPC, the Convention and CPM

Guide to participating in CPM

This guide is intended to provide easy-to-understand information for participants in meetings of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM).


Convention text


CPM useful links

CPM Recommendations

CPM Rules of Procedure
New IPPC Governance Procedure Manual