Acronym for International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures. “International standards for phytosanitary measures are prepared by the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention as part of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s global programme of policy and technical assistance in plant quarantine. This programme makes available to FAO Members and other interested parties these standards, guidelines and recommendations to achieve international harmonization of phytosanitary measures, with the aim to facilitate trade and avoid the use of unjustifiable measures as barriers to trade.” (International standards of phytosanitary measures No.1, February 1995, Secretariat of Plant Protection Convention, FAO, United Nations.) For more information go to

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