Joint EPPO/IOBC Panel on Biological Control Agents


Composition (last updated June 2022)


ALANKO Aino-Maija (Ms)

Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, Helsinki (FI)




Institut National de la Protection des Végétaux, Algérie (DZ)

 EVERATT Matthew (Mr)  Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, York (GB)


University of Belgrade, Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade (RS)


ERSA, Regional Agency for Rural Development, Plant Health Service, Office of Pordenone, Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Pordenone (IT)

HAZIR Adalet (Ms)

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Biological Control Research Institute, Adana (TR)

HERZ Annette (Ms)

JKI, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Biological Control, Darmstadt (DE)

 KAPRANAS Apostolos (Mr)  Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Athens (GR)

LANGLET Xavier (Mr)

DRAAF-SRAL Bretagne, Rennes (FR)

LÖVEI Gabor L. (Mr)

Dept of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Slagelse (DK)

 MATOSEVIC Dinka (Ms)  Croatian Forest Research Institute, Jastrebarsko (HR)

NAVRATILOVÁ Miloslava (Ms)

Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture, Dept of Plant Protection Products, Prague (CZ)


Plant Protection and Inspection Services (PPIS), Bet-Dagan (IL)

TRDAN Stanislav (Mr)

University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Dept of Agronomy, Ljubljana (SI)



 COLLATZ Jana (Ms)  Institute for Sustainability Sciences Biodiversity and Environmental Management, Agroscope, Zurich (CH)
 DE CLERCQ Patrick (Mr)  Faculty of Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences, Gent (BE)

JAQUES Josep Anton (Mr)

Universitat Jaume I, Dept de Ciencies Agraries I del Medi Natural, Castello de la Plana (ES)

MELIKA George (Mr)

National Food Chain Safety Office, Budapest (HU)

TOMALAK Marek (Mr)

Dept of Biological Pest Control, Institute of Plant Protection, National Research Institute, Poznan (PL)



Permanent observer  
 BLÜMEL Sylvia (Ms)  Austrian Plant Protection Service at AGES (AT)

KLAPWIJK Johannette (Ms)

Koppert B.V., Berkel en Rodenrijs (NL)



Terms of Reference (as agreed by the Executive Committee in September 2017)


EPPO started its works on biological control agents (BCAs) in 1996, and the joint EPPO/IOBC Panel on Biological Control Agents was established in 1997. Since then, the Panel has developed three Standards: PM 6/1 ‘First import of exotic biological control agents for research under contained conditions’, PM 6/2 ‘Import and release of non-indigenous biological control agents’, and PM 6/3 ‘List of biological control agents widely used in the EPPO region’. The last of these has been annually amended (except between 2002 and 2008) and represents a list of BCAs for which EPPO recommends its member countries to use a simplified procedure for import and releases. These are BCAs which are either indigenous and widespread in the EPPO region, or established and widespread in the EPPO region, or used by at least 5 EPPO countries for at least 5 years and in any of these cases without records of any negative non-target effects.



The EPPO/IOBC Panel on Biological Control Agents considers all aspects of the assessment and regulation of the import and release of biological control agents for use in plant protection, and assists the EPPO Secretariat and Working Parties in preparing guidance for use by member countries and the biological control industry. Biological control agents are understood to be natural enemies, antagonists or competitors or other organisms used for pest control (ISPM 5).



  • Advising and support the EPPO Secretariat in relation to guidance on the assessment and regulation of biological control agents.
  • Monitoring the application of EPPO Standards in the PM6 series and consider the need for revisions in the light of experience and new information.
  • Proposing to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations priorities for inclusion in the annual EPPO Work Programme.
  • In accordance with that Work Programme, producing draft new or revised PM6 Standards for consideration by the Working Party, and additional guidance and decision support schemes to assist in the implementation of those Standards.
  • Recommending additions, deletions and amendments to the ‘List of biological control agents widely used in the EPPO region’ (Standard PM6/3), based on evidence presented to the Panel according to agreed procedures.
  • Promoting the development of networks to facilitate communication between regulators in different EPPO countries, and between regulators, researchers and industry, in relation to biological control agents.
  • Considering international regulations and standards relating to the movement and release of biological control agents and advise member countries (in consultation with the EPPO Panel on CPM [Global] Affairs) on the implications of proposed changes.
  • Reporting formally to the EPPO Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations, whilst keeping informed the EPPO Working Party on Plant Protection Products on issues of particular interest to that Working Party.
  • Reporting to IOBC bodies through the IOBC nominees on the Panel.


Composition and way of working

  • EPPO members of the joint Panel are nominated by member countries (or other approved bodies) through the usual EPPO procedure, while the IOBC nominates a number of its members to participate. A representative of the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association participates as an invited expert.
  • Where necessary the EPPO members may meet separately to consider specific issues of concern for regulators in the EPPO member countries.
  • Panel members are selected on the basis of their expertise and serve in an individual capacity.
  • EPPO Standards in the PM6 series cover all types of biological control agents, but the expertise of the Panel is generally on invertebrate BCAs. If more work is required in relation to microbiological BCAs then other sources of advice may need to be sought.
  • The Panel normally meets annually. In between annual meetings it may meet by teleconference, and may hold e-mail consultations to facilitate rapid decision making.
  • Reports of meetings are circulated usually within four weeks in draft and participants are given two weeks in which to comment. After that the report is finalized.
  • The Panel submits its draft Standards, advice and recommendations to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations for further consideration, and may consult either Working Party, as appropriate, in relation to significant issues in relation to regulation of biological control agents.
  • The EPPO Secretariat provides the Chair and Secretary for meetings.