EPPO Panel on Global Phytosanitary Affairs


Composition (last updated May 2024)


 ARIJS Harry (Mr)  European Commission - DG SANTE, Brussels (EU)
 ARNITIS Ringolds (Mr)  State Plant Protection Service, Riga (LV)

BISHOP Samuel (Mr)

Dept for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, York (GB)

 BIZUNOVA Anna (Ms)  Foreign Plant Quarantine Division, Phytosanitary Surveillance and Grain Quality Directorate, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Moscow (RU)
 BOGYA Sandor (Mr) National Food Chain Safety Office, Budapest (HU)


DGAL/SDQPV, Bureau de la Santé des Végétaux, Paris (FR)

 CARA Magdalena (Ms)  Agricultural University of Tirana, Tirana (AL)

 CIAMPITTI Mariangela (Ms)

 Servizio fitosanitario regionale, Milano (IT)

 EIVERS John (Mr)  Department of agriculture food and the marine, Celbridge (IE)

EVERATT Matthew (Mr)

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

 GEUZE Thorwald (Mr)

 National Plant Protection Organization, Utrecht (NL)


Tecnologias y Servicios Agrarios, S. A., Tragsatec, (ES)

 HEß Bastian (Mr)  Julius-Kühn-Institute, Institute for National and International Plant Health, Braunschweig (DE)

IOANNIDOU Stavroula (Ms)

Ministry of Rural Development &Food, Directorate of Plant Produce Protection, Athens (GR)

 KLAILOVA Tana (Ms)  Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture, Brno (CZ)

KORNEV Konstantin (Mr)

Laboratory of Mycology, All Russian Plant Quarantine Centre, FGBU, VNIIKR, Moscow (RU)

 KUPFERSCHMIED Peter (Mr)  Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, Bern (CH)
 MACLEOD Alan (Mr)  Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), York (GB)


Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN and International Organisations, Geneva (CH)

 ÖZSEMERCI Fatma (Ms)  Plant Health and Quarantine Department, Ankara (TR

PAULSEN Hilde (Ms)

Norwegian Food Safety Authority, Aas (NO)

SORGONI Federico (Mr)

Ministry for Agricultural Policy Central Plant Protection Services, Rome (IT)

 SULTANOV Sultan-Makhmud (Mr)  State Plant Quarantine Inspection under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent (UZ)
 TRAA Marco (Mr)  Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (NL)

VAGNER Roman (Mr)

Commission Européenne, Bruxelles (BE)

 WIDMER Miriam (Ms)  Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, Bern (CH)



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


The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) was signed in 1951. However, it was only in the 1990s, following the international negotiations for trade liberalisation, that international standards for phytosanitary measures were elaborated to avoid measures that would constitute unjustified barriers to trade. In 1993, the Committee of Experts on Phytosanitary Measures (CEPM), the body that became later the Standards Committee of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), was established with the objective of developing International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). These Standards are subject to a process of consultation by all Contracting Parties of the Convention. With the increasing activities for the preparation of the international measures, the EPPO Council decided to establish a dedicated EPPO Panel to deal with global affairs related to plant health. The Panel was named the Panel on CEPM affairs and met for the first time in 1994. The Panel was renamed Panel on CPM affairs following the revision of the IPPC in 1997. The Panel was subsequently renamed Panel on Global Phytosanitary Affairs in 2017.



The Panel circulates information and develops harmonised views and positions for NPPOs on all matters relating to the International Plant Protection Convention, the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures, relations with other Regional Plant Protection Organizations and other relevant international agreements such as the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement.



  • Communication, information and revision on strategic issues of the CPM and preparation of common EPPO opinion where necessary to assist EPPO members in these matters
  • Reviewing the International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) under the country consultation process and prepare EPPO comments on ISPMs by using the Online Commenting System of the IPPC (OCS)
  • Reviewing CPM documents and agenda, especially those linked with the annual meeting of the CPM
  • Preparing recommendations for NPPOs regarding administrative procedures of the CPM
  • Proposing nominees to the IPPC Subsidiary Bodies and Expert Working Groups from the region
  • Dedication of European stewards for each ISPM under elaboration
  • Organization and participation in capacity building actions
  • Assistance to NPPOs in the implementation of ISPMs through the participation in workshops
  • Collaboration with other Regional Plant Protection Organizations
  • 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 and to EPPO Council 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
  • It is expected that experts from the EPPO region serving on CPM Bodies will also be members of the Panel
  • The Panel normally meets three times per year. One of these meetings may be by video or teleconference. In between these regular meetings it may hold additional teleconferences or 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 reports to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations, but may also make recommendations direct to EPPO Council, when necessary
  • Because of the need for rapid co-ordinated responses to global initiatives the Panel, through the Secretariat, may communicate recommendations directly to contact points in all member countries
  • The EPPO Secretariat provides the Chair and Secretary for meetings