In all its databases and IT systems, EPPO uses a harmonized coding system for plant and pest names. These computer codes were initially developed by Bayer in the 1970s but are now maintained and developped by the EPPO Secretariat. All EPPO codes can be consulted via the EPPO Global Database. They can also be freely downloaded via a dedicated platform for incorporation into other IT systems.
EPPO Global Database is a database which has the objective to gather all pest-specific information that has been produced or compiled by EPPO. It currently contains scientific and common names for plants and pests, as well as their associated computer codes (EPPO codes), EPPO datasheets, EPPO Standards (except PP1 Standards see below), EPPO Reporting Service articles, geographical distribution, list of host plants and pictures for many pests, pathogens and invasive alien plants. The EPPO Global Database is a web-based database but an offline version (EPPO Global Database Desktop) was launched in July 2018 to replace PQR.
The whole series of EPPO Standards PP1 Efficacy Evaluation of Plant Protection Products is now included in a web-based database (and no longer published as paper brochures). All general standards can be accessed free of charge. Access to specific standards is provided for an annual fee (subscriptions can be made online via the database). A new interface was released in January 2018.
This online database provides useful data on diagnostic laboratories of the EPPO member countries. Experts from more than 100 diagnostic laboratories of the EPPO region have provided details about the pests they can diagnose and the methods they use. EPPO member countries are encouraged to continue to provide data on their laboratories and expertise. Validation data for diagnostic tests is also included in this website.
CAPRA (Computer Assisted Pest Risk Analysis) consists of a computer software which has been developed by the EPPO Secretariat in the framework of the European Union 7th framework program project PRATIQUE (Grant agreement No 212 459) and with the support of the EPPO Panels. This software aims to assist pest risk analysts in running the EPPO decision-support schemes for Pest Risk Analysis.