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The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is a multilateral treaty deposited with the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and administered through the IPPC Secretariat located in FAO's Plant Protection Service. 107 governments are currently contracting parties to the IPPC. 

The purpose of the IPPC is to secure common and effective action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of plants and plant products and to promote measures for their control. The Convention provides a framework and forum for international cooperation, harmonization and technical exchange in collaboration with regional and national plant protection organizations (RPPOs and NPPOs). The IPPC plays a vital role in trade as it is the organization recognized by the World Trade Organization in the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the SPS Agreement) as the source for international standards for the phytosanitary measures affecting trade.

Amendments to the Convention were unanimously adopted by the FAO Conference in November 1997. These changes update the Convention and reflect the role of the IPPC with relation to the SPS Agreement, primarily the institutional arrangements for standard setting. These include provisions that formalize the Secretariat and standard setting as well as establish the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures.

Report of the Interim Commission
3-6 November 1998

Report of the Tenth Technical
Consultation 9-10 November 1998



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