The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) sets standards (so called ISPMs) for the safe movement of plants and plant products to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases internationally. Compliance with IPPC obligations and ISPMs are a vital element in countries' ability to trade internationally and food security. These standards are important as they allow for the protection of domestic consumers, producers and the environment from the risks of introduced pests, and help exporters demonstrate that their products are safe. The International Phytosanitary Portal contains all documentation relevant to the IPPC work programme, including adopted and proposed standards, and monitors national implementation of the convention. The FAO, including the IPPC secretariat, assists developing countries improve the capacity of their phytosanitary services so that they can implement the agreed standards and IPPC procedures.