EPPO Panel on Diagnostics in Entomology

 

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

ALTUNDISLI Ferhunde Ozlem (Ms)

Bornova Plant Protection Research Institute, ─░zmir (TR)

BAUFELD Peter (Mr)

JKI, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for National and International Plant Health, Kleinmachnow (DE)

BELHEBIB Bouchra (Ms)

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

EGARTNER Alois (Mr)

AGES- Austrian Agency for Health & Food Safety, Institute for Sustainable Plant Production, Vienna (AT)

GERMAIN Jean-François (Mr)

Anses-Laboratoire de la Santé des Végétaux, Station de Montpellier CBGP, Montferrier-sur-Lez (FR)

GIDRON Liat (Ms)

Plant Protection and Inspection Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bet Dagan (IL)

KAMAEV Ilya (Mr)

Federal State Enterprise "All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center", Bykovo, Ramensky region, Moscow (RU)

KONEFAL Tomasz (Mr)

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

LOOMANS Anton (Mr)

Dept of Entomology, National Plant Protection Organization, Wageningen (NL)

MELIKA George (Mr)

Plant Protection and Soil Conservation Directorate, Government Office for Vas County, Tanakajd (HU)

PAPANIKOLAOU Nikos (Mr)

Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Athens (GR)

PINTAR Maja (Ms)

CCAFRA - Institute for Plant Protection, Zagreb (HR)

ROVERSI Pio Federico (Mr)

Centro di Ricerca per l’Agrobiologia e la Pedologia, ENTECRA, Firenze (IT)

RYCHLÝ Svatopluk (Mr)

Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture, Dept of Diagnostics, Opava (CZ)

TSAGKARAKOU Anastasia (Ms)

Institute of Olive Tree Subtropical Crops and Viticulture Laboratory of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology , Heraklion, Crete, Greece (GR)

WELLING Ville (Ms)

Evira, Helsinki (FI)

WISDOM Rachel (Ms)

Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Celbridge, Co. Kildare (IE)

WITTERS Johan (Mr)

ILVO, Plant, Crop Protection, Merelbeke (BE)

 

 

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

Introduction

A Panel on Diagnostics in Entomology was established in 2010 as more expertise in entomology was needed to develop the protocols in this area. The Panel meets in principle every 18 months. Terms of reference were approved in 2010. They have been revised in 2017.

 

Scope

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

 

Tasks

The Panel on Entomology is responsible for the following activities:

 

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

  • Reviewing the technical content of Diagnostic Protocols prepared by individual experts for insects and mites.
  • Reviewing the work programme for preparing diagnostic protocols for insects and mites.
  • Establishing priorities for revision of approved diagnostic protocols for insects and mites.
  • 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 insects and mites to advise the Panel on CPM affairs on a regional position on these protocols.

  • Comparing the content of adopted IPPC diagnostic protocols for insects and mites 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 entomological diagnostics.
  • Reviewing national initiatives in the field of diagnostics in entomology.
  • 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 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.