EPPO Panel on Phytosanitary Inspections


Composition (last updated May 2024)

 ANDERS Max (Mr)  Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, Utrecht (NL)
 ARAMPATZIS Christos (Mr)  NPPO of Greece, Athens (GR)
 BARKER Rachel (Ms)  Dept for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Plant Health Biologist/PLHA, York (GB)
 DERESKEVICIUS Arunas (Mr)  The State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture, Phytosanitary Division, Vilnius (LT)

Devlieghere Sabina (ms)

Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, Primary Production, Plants and Plant Products, Antwerp (BE)


ERSA, Agenzia Regionale per lo Sviluppo Rurale, Servizio Fitosanitario e Chimico, Pordenone (IT)

 KAMINSKI Katrin (Ms)  Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for National and International Plant Health, Braunschweig (DE)
 MANDL Samantha (Ms)

 AGES - Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH, Vienna (AU)

 MCNAMARA Joseph (Mr)  Department of agriculture food and the marine, Celbridge (IE)
 ÖZBEY TEKE Ne┼če (Ms)  Plant of Plant Product Border Control Department, Ankara (TR)

STENSTRUP Lis Tenderup (Ms)

The Danish AgriFish Agency, Kobenhavn (DK)

 SZÉKELY Tamás (Mr)  European Commission, Dunsany (IE)

VON FELTEN Andreas (Mr)

Federal Office for Agriculture, Bern (CH)



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


A Panel on Phytosanitary Procedures was established in 2002 and ToRs approved that same year. The first meeting took place in 2003. The Panel was made dormant in 2007 and was reactivated in 2013. In 2014, it was renamed as the EPPO Panel on Phytosanitary Inspections and revised terms of references were approved.



The Panel considers all aspects of phytosanitary inspection procedures. Although within the same PM3 series of Standards, phytosanitary treatments are out of scope.



  • Developing inspection procedures, including sampling for visual inspection and laboratory testing.
  • Reviewing all phytosanitary requirements recommended by EPPO and identify and prioritize those which depend on an ‘EPPO-recommended procedure’.
  • Reviewing the existing Standards of series EPPO Standards PM3 (except treatments) and plan their revision and updating and to determine the priorities for the preparation of new Standards.
  • Identifying a Steward responsible for the preparation and maintenance of each Standard, and possible experts to participate in ad hoc groups.


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 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 consults the Working Party in relation to significant issues in relation to phytosanitary inspections.
  • The Panel consults relevant diagnostics Panels, via the Secretariat, in relation to procedures for taking samples for laboratory tests, and for use of in-field testing equipment.
  • The EPPO Secretariat provides the Chair and Secretary for meetings.