EPPO Panel on Quarantine Pests for Forestry


Composition (last updated May 2024)

BERNARDINELLI Iris (Ms)  SFR Friuli Venezia Giulia, Udine (IT)
BONIFACIO Luis (Mr)  Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P., Oeiras (PT)
EYRE Dominic (Mr)  Dept for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Plant Health Biologist/PLHA, York (GB)
GLAVENDEKIC Milka (Ms)  Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade, Belgrade (RS)
GOHLI Jostein (Mr)  NIBIO Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Ås (NO)
GÜMÜS MINNETOGLU Ebru (Ms)  Directorate of Hazelnut Research Institute, Giresun (TR)


 NIBIO, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Steinkjer (NO)

HOPPE Björn (Mr)  Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for National and International Plant Health, Braunschweig (DE)
JONSELL Mats (Mr)  Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala (SE)
KACPRZYK Magdalena (Ms)  University of Agriculture in Krakow, Krakow (PL)
KNOBLAUCH Aline (Ms)  Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, Bern (CH)
KREHAN Hannes (Mr)  Federal Research & Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards & Landscape, Vienna (AT)
KULINICH Oleg (Mr)  Forest quarantine laboratory, Federal State Enterprise “All-Russian Plant Quarantine Centre”(RU)
KUNCA Andrej (Mr)  National Forest Centre, Zvolen (SK)
MATOSEVIC Dinka (Ms)  Croatian Forest Research Institute, Jastrebarsko (HR)
MATSIAKH Iryna (Ms)  Institute of Forestry and Park Gardening, Lviv (UA)
MCDONALD Tom (Mr)  Department of agriculture food and the marine, Celbridge (IE)
MIRAZCHIYSKA Maria (Ms)  European Commission, DG Health and Food Safety, Unit E2 – Plant Health, Brussels (EU)
O’HANLON Richard (Mr)

 Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Celbridge (IE)

PIŠKUR Barbara (Ms)  Slovenian Forestry Institute, Ljubljana (SI)
RESNEROVA Karolina (Ms)  Czech University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Prague (CZ)
SANCHEZ PENA Gerardo (Mr)  Dirección General del Medio Natural y Política Forestal, Madrid (ES)
SIKORA Katarzyna (Ms)  Forest Research Institute, Sekocin Stary (PL)
STENLID Jan (Mr)  Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala (SE)
TASSUS Xavier (Mr)  Laboratoire de la santé des végétaux, Angers Cedex 01 (FR)
VAICEKAUSKAS Adas (Mr)  State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture, Phytosanitary Division, Vilnius (LT)
VISSER Karin (Ms)  Divisie Landbouw and natuur, Utrecht (NL)
WEBBER Joan (Ms)  Tree Health Division, Forest Research, Farnham, Surrey (GB)
YLIOYA Tiina (Ms)  Natural Resources Institute (Luke), Vantaa (FI)



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


This Panel was first established in 1999 to conduct the EPPO Project on Quarantine Pests for Forestry. This project was finished in 2006 after 10 Panel meetings, and since then the Panel has continued to meet annually to guide and carry out EPPO activities in forest quarantine. At its 19th and 20th meetings, future work and priorities were discussed, in particular the question of whether the status of this Panel should change. Participants noted that the Panel’s tasks cover almost all tasks that other EPPO panels undertake for agricultural pests, and recommended that these continue to require at least 1 Panel meeting annually.



The Panel on Quarantine Pests for Forestry considers all aspects of NPPO risk management to prevent the introduction and spread of quarantine pests of forest trees. Based on expertise in forest pests, it may also advise the Panel on Phytosanitary Measures on other aspects of risks to other woody plants.



  • advising and support the EPPO Secretariat in regard to global harmonization activities concerning phytosanitary measures for forest trees
  • developing guidance concerning contingency planning (EPPO PM 9 Standards) for forestry pests (e.g. Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, Agrilus planipennis, Anoplophora glabripennis and A. chinensis)
  • developing commodity-specific phytosanitary measures for certain forest plants and forest products (EPPO PM 8 Standards), e.g. Coniferae, Quercus and Castanea
  • reviewing PRAs conducted by EPPO for pests relevant to forestry
  • reviewing where needed EPPO standards on diagnostics (EPPO PM 7 Standards), phytosanitary treatments (EPPO PM 10 Standards), and phytosanitary procedures (EPPO PM 3 Standards) concerning forest pests
  • annually reviewing the EPPO Alert List concerning forest pests and advise the EPPO Working Party for Phytosanitary Regulations on priority species for PRA
  • considering and discussing specific issues related to woody plants (e.g. pest risk to urban trees and its management, EPPO Study on wood commodities, use of biological control agents against forest pests)
  • sharing information about phytosanitary measures for forest trees and on emerging pests and diseases in forest trees
  • 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 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 ideally 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 consults the Working Party in relation to significant quarantine issues in the forestry sector.
  • The EPPO Secretariat provides the Chair and Secretary for meetings.