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IPPC - the International Plant Protection Convention - is an international treaty that aims to secure coordinated, effective action to prevent and to control the introduction and spread of quarantine pests by international transport of plant goods and people. IPPC covers also vehicles, aircraft and vessels, containers, storage places, soil and other objects like wood packing material that can harbor or spread plant pests.


IPPC has been deposited with the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) since its adoption in 1951. IPPC provides a framework and a forum for international cooperation, harmonization and technical exchange between 182 contracting parties and their National Plant Protection Organisations.


The IPPC is implemented by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), responsible for development and implementation of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). The ISPMs, CPM guidelines and CPM recommendations are recognized as the basis for phytosanitary measures applied in trade by the Members of the World Trade Organization under the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (WTO-SPS Agreement).


ISPMs are not regulatory instruments but come into force once countries establish requirements within their national legislation. The IPPC Contact Point at NPPO is correct address for requests for specific information on import requirements of the country of import.


Protecting the world's plant resources from pests


IPPC identifies certain types of information countries are required to report to other contracting parties, to the IPPC Secretariat and to RPPOs:


Slovenian IPPC Contact Point:


  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
    Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary Sector and Plant Protection
    International Affairs Division
    Dunajska cesta 22, SI – 1000 Ljubljana
    T: +386 (0)1 300 13 18
    F: +386 (0)1 300 13 56
    E: vlasta.knapic(at)

IPPC Calendar 2017


ISPMs for Adoption in 2017


IPPC implementation in Slovenia

New Year's address by the IPPC Secretary


The year of 2016 has been a milestone for the IPPC, as it is the first year for the whole convention to implement the IPPC annual themes towards 2020. This year has been also remarkable, as several important activities were organized for the first time, such as presentation of keynote address on the IPPC annual theme "Plant Health and Food Security" at CPM; several record numbers achieved, such as completion of 16 ISPMs for adoption; and several new IPPC projects obtained, such as STDF project on ePhyto and FAO-IPPC-China project on Capacity Development.


And as well, 2016 has been memorable for the IPPC, as the initiative for developing an International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020) was endorsed at the 25th CoAG and then at the 155th FAO Council.


2017 is coming up another important year for the IPPC, as it will be the year for implementation of the IPPC annual theme "Plant Health and Trade Facilitation", and also the 65th Anniversary of the IPPC. We are confident that 2017 will be an even better year for the IPPC with all your continuous support and dedication in strengthening delivery of the IPPC work programme.


Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary