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2 Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Tool The International Plant Protection Convention

3 Purpose Developed to provide a consistent basis for evaluating national phytosanitary capacities Developed as an instrument to guide technical assistance needs

4 Description A self diagnostic tool designed to allow the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of the phytosanitary system of a country, prioritize the strengths and weaknesses identify strategic directions and activities required to improve the situation over time.

5 History 1999:Commissioned for development by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (ICPM); :Developed and pilot tested in the Pacific with financing from the New Zealand Govt. 2001: Endorsed by the ICPM as the official instrument with global application for phytosanitary capacity evaluation 2000-

6 History : Applied in over 30 countries across the Pacific, Asia, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Central America. 2002: Instrument reviewed in FAO, Rome. CD Rom of revised version in English being distributed to member countries. 2003: demonstrated to WTO SPS Committee

7 History : Multilingual version prepared EnglishFrench, Spanish and Arabic PCE upgraded to track different versions April 2005:Informal Working Group Review in Rome CABI contracted to review the assessment process

8 Methodology With the PCE, the weaknesses and strengths of the countrys phytosanitary systems are evaluated in relation to its capacity to comply with the international obligations in phytosanitary matters (WTO SPS, IPPC and International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures

9 Background Documents PCE assumes a basic understanding of the IPPC ISPMs Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the CBD

10 Methodology The PCE is applied in various modules- Standard -specific modules eg Pest Free Areas Cross-cutting modules eg Inspection

11 Modules applied Background Inspection Exotic Pest Response Pest Diagnostic capabilities Surveillance

12 Modules applied Legislation Institutional Issues Pest Free Areas Export Certification Pest Risk Analysis

13 Module description References related to the specific module Questionnaire Questionnaire improvement Identification and prioritisation of weaknesses and strengths Activities required to address/improve the situation

14 Scope Targets analysis of the National Plant Protection Organization Involves private and public sectors and relevant institutions Phytosanitary capacity rationalized against trading requirements

15 Scope Provides a rational basis for national strategic plans Formulation of projects that could be submitted for donor funding


17 Current actions Informal Working Group periodic meetings Preparation and distribution of CD Roms Introduction to Donors and Funding Agencies as the officially endorsed instrument for Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation to pave the way for project funding on application by Governments

18 Current actions Maintenance and periodic update by IPPC The structure of the PCE is being rearranged into a stratified framework so that the user may follow the tool on a modular basis. The main thematic areas of national capacity will be grouped into conceptual categories, avoiding the need to create different modules for each ISPM Addition of useful references, guidance documents New thematic areas, for example, for capturing stakeholders concerns and agreeing on national priorities

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