John Hedley gave a brief overview of the report of the APPPC working group meeting on regional phytosanitary standard setting held in Bangkok from 17 to19 July 2001. Dr Hedley noted the references in the 1999 revised Plant Protection Agreement for the Asia and Pacific region to the setting of regional standards and stressed that one of the APPPC major objectives should be to set regional standards.
· Section VII (Annex II No. 1) draft standard setting procedures for an APPPC regional standard - Step 6. China proposed that there be a timetable for the distribution of draft regional standards before the APPPC meeting. It was agreed that the following be added to Step 6.
The draft standard should be sent to members two months prior to the APPPC meeting
· VIII (Annex II No. 2) terms of reference for the APPPC standards committee
Insert new terms of reference
5. Appointment of the standards committee
The APPPC standards committee is appointed by the Commission
· IX (Annex 2 No. 3) rules of procedure for the APPPC standards committee
Rule 2. Period of membership
Text amended as follows:
Members of the APPPC standards committee shall be appointed for a period of four years
Rule 5. Approval
Text to be amended as follows
Approvals relating to specifications or draft standards are made by consensus
· XV (Annex II No. 9) Procedure for designation of members of working group
Title now to read guidelines for designation of members of working group
· XVIII (Annex II No. 12) Guidelines for submission of comments
First sentence amended to read:
APPPC members are provided 120 days to review the documents, consult on their content, and compile and submit comments through their NPPO to the APPPC secretariat
The commission proposed that the development of a standard Quarantine requirements for the introduction of GMOs be delayed until the IPPC standard has been developed.
It was noted that the proposed standard Inspection, Detection, Identification and Treatment of Fruit Fly would require a considerable study and should be delayed at this stage.
Therefore, it was decided that the Standards Committee should consider the two proposed standards guidelines for requirements for Mediterranean fruit fly and guidelines for the training of plant quarantine inspectors
Adopt the standard setting procedures for the APPPC regional standard setting system as described in section VII (Annex II No. 1)
Establish an APPPC Standards Committee which will adopt the terms of reference in section VIII and adopt the rules of procedures described in section IX (Annex II Nos. 2 and 3)
Adopt the other procedural requirements for the standard setting system described in sections X to XXII. (Annex II Nos. 4-16)
The sub regions of the APPPC met and proposed the following membership of the Standards Committee:
South Asia (2)
- Bangladesh and Pakistan
North East Asia (2)
- China and R. Korea
South East Asia (3)
- Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand
- Australia and New Zealand
The revised procedural guidelines for regional standard setting are attached in the Appendix IV.
The regional TCP project on SALB (TCP/RAS/0168(A)) was approved by FAO in July 2001 and is waiting for member countries to send letters of agreement.