IPPC standards - Country consultation

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has opened the country consultation round for a number of draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), draft specifications for ISPMs, phytosanitary treatments (PTs) and a recommendation to the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM). These documents are draft international standards that have been released to contracting parties and the public for global review and comment. More information is available through the web links below.

We are seeking your review of these documents, to assist us in developing and putting forward the Australian comments. To submit comments please return documents with comments in track changes to IPPC.contactpoint@awe.gov.au. Please note that comments on the draft specification are due by COB Monday 16th August. For all other documents comments are due by COB Monday 6th September 2021.

To assist in the review process, we have developed the attached fact sheet which provides additional background to the country consultation process and detailed instructions for providing comment to the IPPC.

The draft IPPC documents are available for download at:

Please feel free to disseminate this information to those with relevant expertise or interest.

The table below lists the 16 documents that are out for comment:




Draft specifications for ISPMs:

Specifications serve as a terms of reference for the expert working group responsible for developing an ISPM and provide guidance on the scope of the standard and on the tasks expected of the working group.

Reorganisation of Pest Risk Analysis standards – ISPM 11: Pest risk analysis for quarantine pests (2020-001)

One comment period only for draft specifications

Comments due 16th August


Draft ISPMs:

International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (i.e. any legislation, regulation or official procedure having the purpose to prevent the introduction and/or spread of quarantine pests, or to limit the economic impact of regulated non-quarantine pests).

Revision of ISPM 4: Requirements for the establishment of pest free areas (2009-002)

First Consultation

Draft Annex to ISPM 20: The use of specific import authorizations (2008-006)

First Consultation

Revision of ISPM 18: Requirements for the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary measure (2014-007)

First Consultation

2021 Draft amendments of ISPM 5: Glossary of phytosanitary terms (1994-001)

First Consultation

Focused revision of ISPM 12: Phytosanitary certificates – re-export (2015-014)

Second Consultation

Draft ISPM: Audit in the phytosanitary context (2015-014)

Second Consultation

2019 & 2020 Amendments of ISPM 5: Glossary of phytosanitary terms (1994-001)

Second Consultation

Draft ISPM: Commodity-based standards for phytosanitary measures (2019-008)

Second Consultation

Phytosanitary Treatments: Draft Annexes to ISPM 28 (Phytosanitary treatments for regulated pests).


Irradiation treatment for treatment for Pseudococcus jackbeardsleyi (2017-027)

First Consultation

Irradiation treatment for Tortricidae on fruits (2017-011)

Second Consultation

Cold treatment for Bactrocera zonata on Citrus sinensis (2017-013)

Second Consultation

Vapour heat - modified atmosphere treatment for Cydia pomonella and Grapholita molesta in fruit of Malus pumila and Prunus persica (2017-037/038)

Second Consultation

Irradiation treatment for Sternochetus frigidus (2017-036)

Second Consultation

Irradiation treatment for Zeugodacus tau (2017-025)

Second Consultation

CPM Recommendations:

CPM Recommendations are decisions and agreements made by the CPM, according to existing procedures and are intended to promote or achieve the objectives of the IPPC. These decisions and agreements may consist of directions, guidance, or calls to action to the contracting parties or the Secretariat or both, on matters that may not be appropriately or effectively expressed as an ISPM, on which phytosanitary measure(s) are based.

Reduce the incidence of contaminating pests associated with regulated articles and unregulated goods to protect plant health and facilitate trade (2019-002)

First Consultation

If you would like any more detail on the IPPC or this review process, please contact the Australian IPPC Contact Point at ippc.contactpoint@awe.gov.au

Thomas Langfield
IPPC Contact Point
Australian Department of Agriculture & Water Resources

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