The RBS Manual Part I is one of the deliverables resulting from the first International Symposium for Risk-Based Sampling co-organized by the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) and the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-APHIS PPQ). The Symposium, held in mid-2017 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, had the objective of promoting harmonization though a common understanding and shared experiences in the implementation of ISPMs 23 and 31. It was attended by 122 participants from 27 countries. Symposium speakers and participants represented 31 government agencies, 4 academic institutions, 15 industries and 3 international organizations. A Symposium Proceedings was published in 2018 in English and Spanish.
The RBS Manual Part I can assist/guide NPPOs in reframing their inspection designs in order to generate statistically valid data that supports a risk-based approach to inspection. Part I addresses the fundamentals of RBS, including what, why, and how questions. The emphasis of Part I is on developing familiarity with RBS, its benefits, and the practical aspects of its implementation. Part I is designed to provide enough information for early steps of implementing the shift to RBS. Part II of the Manual – to be published in the future - follows with greater technical detail and additional reference material for more in-depth guidance on implementation of RBS.