EPPO Panel on Phytosanitary Measures


Composition (last updated May 2024)


 AL-JARRAH Ahmad (Mr)  Ministry of Agriculture, Amman (JO)
 AVESKAMP Maikel (Mr)  Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, Utrecht (NL)
 BODOR-ZANKER Angela (Ms)  National Food Chain Safety Office, Budapest (HU)



BUSTOVA Jirina (Ms)

Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture, Prague (CZ)

 ERTA┼× Hasenem (Mr)  General Directorate of Food and Control, Ankara (TR)

 EYRE Dominic (Mr)

 Dept for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Plant Health Biologist/PLHA, York (GB)

 INFANTINO Salvatore (Mr)

 Dipartimento Agricoltura, sviluppo rurale e ambientale, Lungomare Nazario Sauro, Bari (IT)

 IOANNIDOU Stavroula (Ms)

 Ministry of Rural Development &Food, Directorate of Plant Produce Protection, Athens   (GR)

 IVIC Dario (Mr) CCAFRA – Institute for Plant Protection, Zagreb (HR)
 KERTÉSZ Virág (Ms)  European Food Safety Authority, Plant Health Unit (EFSA)
 LAPINSKAS Gintara (Mr)  State Plant Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Vilnius (LT)
 LEVI Tami (Ms)  Plant Protection and Inspection Services (PPIS), Bet-Dagan (IL)


Ministry of the Environment Rural and Marine Affairs, Madrid (ES)

 MCGEE Conor (Mr)  Department of agriculture food and the marine, Celbridge (IE)

 MYLONA Panagiota (Ms)

 European Commission, DG Health and Food Safety, Brussels (BE)

 ØVERLIEN Anne Marit (Ms)  Norwegian Food Safety Authority, Aas (NO)

PENCE Agita (Ms)

State Plant Protection Service, Riga (LV)


Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for National and International Plant Health, Braunschweig (DE)

 RUSTAMOVA Vafa (Ms)  Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Baku (AZ)
 SANN Christina (Ms)  Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, Bern (CH)



Terms of Reference (as agreed by the Executive Committee in September 2017)


A Panel on Phytosanitary Regulations was established in 1973. It was renamed Panel on Phytosanitary Measures in 2002. Terms of Reference for this Panel were approved in 2007 and revised in 2014.



The Panel on Phytosanitary Measures considers all aspects of NPPO risk management to prevent the introduction and spread of pests presenting a potential phytosanitary risk for the EPPO region.



  • alerting NPPOs of new potential phytosanitary risks by advising the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations on additions and deletions to the EPPO Alert List
  • recommending to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations pests and commodities on which Pest Risk Analyses (PRAs) should be conducted
  • reviewing reports of PRAs conducted by Expert Working Groups for PRA, and PRAs from external sources (e.g. NPPOs and EFSA) in order to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of management options
  • reporting to the Core Group of PRA Experts any difficulties with the EPPO Standards on PRA
  • recommending pests for regulation to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations.
  • advising the EPPO Secretariat regarding pests listed on the List of pests recommended for regulation as quarantine pests in the EPPO region (changes in pest situation, new pests outbreaks, proposal for delisting…)
  • preparing recommendations to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations and other Panels on general principles for pest management such as:
  • the establishment and maintenance of Pest Free Areas, Pest Free Places of Production, Areas of Low Pest Prevalence
  • contingency planning and emergency measures
  • elaborating concepts for listing and management of Regulated Non-Quarantine Pests (RNQPs)
  • the management of non-specific phytosanitary risks
  • advising other EPPO Panels in relation to their work on pest risk management in order to ensure consistency (e.g. by giving guidance on or reviewing draft Standards).
  • carrying out specific additional tasks requested by the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations or the EPPO Secretariat;
  • reporting to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations on its activities.


Way of Working

  • Experts for the Panel are nominated by member countries (or other approved bodies) and appointed by the Executive Committee.
  • Panel members are selected on the basis of their expertise and serve in an individual capacity.
  • The Panel normally meets twice per year. In between meetings it may meet by teleconference, and may hold e-mail consultations to facilitate rapid decision making.
  • Reports of meetings are circulated ideally within four weeks in draft and participants are given two weeks in which to comment. After that the report is finalized.
  • The Panel submits its draft Standards, advice and recommendations to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations for further consideration, and consults the Working Party in relation to significant issues in diagnostics and quality assurance.
  • The EPPO Secretariat provides the Chair and Secretary for meetings.