EPPO Panel on Diagnostics in Bacteriology

 

Composition (as presented to the Executive Committee in April 2018)

AMBRUS Ágnes (Ms)

Plant Protection and Soil Conservation Directorate of the Governmental Office for Baranya County (HU)

BARANAUSKAITE Laima (Ms)

State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture, Phytosanitary Research Laboratory (Division), Vilnius (LT)

BERGSMA-VLAMI Maria (Ms)

National Reference Centre, National Plant Protection Organization, Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, Wageningen (NL)

CRUZ Maria Leonor (Ms)

Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agraria e Veterinaria (INIA, I.P.), Lisboa (PT)

DIMITROVA Elka (Ms)

Central Laboratory for Plant Quarantine, Sofia (BG)

DREO Tanja (Ms)

National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana (SI)

ELPHINSTONE John (Mr)

The Food and Environment Research Agency, York (GB)

FORNEFELD Eva (Ms)

Instute for National an International Plant Health, Kleinmachnow (DE)

GOTTSBERGER Richard (Mr)

AGES, Institute for Sustainable Plant Production, Vienna (AT)

HALKJAER OLESEN Merete (Ms)

Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Division of Plant Diagnostics, Ringsted (DK)

HROMADOVA Kristýna (Ms)

Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture (CISTA), Brno, (CZ)

KARAHAN Aynur (Ms)

Ankara Plant Protection Central Research Institute, Yenimahalle-Ankara (TR)

KARBOUA Samira (Ms)

Service de Bactériologie, Institut National de la Protection des Végétaux (INPV), El Harrach Alger (DZ)

KOLODZIEJSKA Anna (Ms)

Main Inspectorate of Plant Health and Seed Inspection, Warsaw & Central Laboratory, Torun (PL)

KORNEV Konstantin (Mr)

Bacteriology laboratory, Federal State Enterprise “All-Russian Plant Quarantine Centre” (RU)

LEVY Edna (Ms)

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

LÓPEZ Maria (Mr)

IVIA, Valencia (ES)

MALDUTE Sanita (Ms)

State Plant Protection Service, Riga (LV)

MALIK Richard (Mr)

Central Control of Testing Institute of Agriculture, Section of Diagnostics, Haniska (SK)

PELLUDAT Cosima (Ms)

Agroscope, Changins-Wädenswil ACW (CH)

PLAVEC Jelena (Ms)

CCAFRA - Institute for Plant Protection, Zagreb (HR)

POLIAKOFF Françoise (Ms)

Laboratoire de la santé des végétaux, Angers (FR)

POPOVIC Tatiana (Ms)

Institute for Plant Protection and Environment, Belgrade (CS)

RHOUMA Ali (Mr)

Institut de l’Olivier/IRESA, Tunis, (TN)

SPIES PERMINOW Juliana Irina (Ms)

Bioforsk Plantehelse, As (NO)

STEFANI Emilio (Mr)

DISTA, Università degli Studi, Bologna (IT)

VAN VAERENBERGH Johan (Mr)

Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Merelbeke (BE)

 

 

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

Introduction

A Panel on Bacterial Diseases was established in 1987. It was renamed in 2014 as the Panel on Diagnostics in Bacteriology. Terms of reference were prepared in 2014 on the basis of TORs of other specialized diagnostic Panels. They have been revised in 2017.

 

Scope

The Panel on Diagnostics in Bacteriology is established to specifically develop and review pest specific diagnostic protocols.

 

Tasks

The Panel on Diagnostics in Bacteriology is responsible for the following activities:

 

Core-activities of the Panel are linked to Bacteriology Diagnostic Protocols and include:

  • Reviewing the technical content of Diagnostic Protocols prepared by individual experts for bacteria.
  • Exchanging information on validation of tests.
  • Reviewing on an annual basis the work programme for preparing diagnostic protocols for bacteria.
  • Establishing priorities for revision of approved diagnostic protocols for bacteria.
  • Making suggestions to update/improve horizontal Standards and the instructions to authors of diagnostic protocols, for consideration by the Panel on Diagnostics and Quality Assurance.

 

Where appropriate the following horizontal Diagnostics Activities may also be conducted:

  • Upon request of the EPPO Secretariat reviewing possible comments made at the regional level on IPPC Diagnostic Protocols for bacteria to advise the Panel on CPM affairs on a regional position on these protocols.
  • Comparing the content of adopted IPPC diagnostic protocols for bacteria with the content of the EPPO Diagnostic protocol for the same pest and advising the Panel on Diagnostics and Quality Assurance whether to maintain the EPPO Standard as such, revise it or withdraw it.
  • Identifying research needs to be communicated to the persons in charge of relevant regional initiatives in this area (e.g. Euphresco).
  • Ensuring through the Secretariat appropriate links with other bodies with activities in the area of bacteriological diagnostics.
  • Exchanging information national initiatives in the field of diagnostics in bacteriology.
  • Suggesting improvements that could be made to the EPPO Databases on diagnostic expertise or on validation data and encouraging contributions from members.
  • Recommending further work that could be undertaken by EPPO to improve diagnostic activities in the EPPO region, e.g. organization of workshops or conferences, new databases, general articles on diagnostics.

 

Additional activities

  • Identifying information on emerging pests and related diagnostic challenges notifying the EPPO Secretariat of any new pest that should be considered for the Alert List.
  • Carrying out specific additional tasks requested by the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations or the EPPO Secretariat;
  • Reporting to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations on its activities.

 

Way of Working

  • Experts for the Panel are nominated by member countries (or other approved bodies) and appointed by the Executive Committee.
  • Panel members are selected on the basis of their expertise and serve in an individual capacity.
  • The Panel normally meets about every 18 months. In between these regular meetings it may meet by teleconference, and may hold e-mail consultations to facilitate rapid decision making.
  • Reports of meetings are ideally circulated within four to six 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 to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations. Amendments may be adopted via the approved «fast track» procedure. The Panel may submit advice and recommendations to the Panel on Diagnostics and Quality Assurance or direct to the Working Party, as appropriate.
  • The EPPO Secretariat provides the Chair and Secretary for meetings.