TERMS OF REFERENCE
|The North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO). In support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - SPS Committee|
The North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) was created under Article VIII of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) which provides for the establishment of regional plant protection organizations as coordinating bodies. These regional organizations cooperate with the IPPC in developing and promoting the use of international standards.
The NAPPO Cooperative Agreement of October 1976 highlights the importance of on-going cooperation between the three NAPPO countries in preventing the introduction into, and the spread within North America, of quarantine pests of plants and noxious weeds; and in fostering the conservation of plant resources. The key method of achieving this protection is through the harmonization of phytosanitary measures in regional (NAPPO) and international (IPPC) standards.
NAPPO Position Paper 945-037 clearly sets out the role of NAPPO in providing technical assistance to the NAFTA SPS Committee in dispute resolution and in the development of regional phytosanitary standards.
|Canada, Mexico and the United States, therefore, reconfirm NAPPO's role as the regional phytosanitary standard setting organization and agree that:|