Presented by Bénédicte Lebas
The Regulated Pest List Initiative (RPLI) of the International Seed Federation (ISF) was initiated in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the harmonization of phytosanitary requirements for seed by developing a database with information on pests that are regulated on seed of internationally traded (vegetable) crops. Information in the database is based on a thorough scientific assessment to determine whether seed is a pathway for the regulated pest following the principle of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM). Pest management practices are provided for pests for which seeds can be a pathway, based on the knowledge and experience of the seed industry. To date, the database contains 15 crop specific pest lists with over 1,300 regulated pests, of which 995 (74%) were concluded either seed is not a pathway (47.5%) or crop is not a host of the pest (26.5%) (https://worldseed.org/our-work/phytosanitary-matters/pest-list/). Predictable international movements of seeds rely on phytosanitary measures that are scientifically justified. The overregulation of seeds hampers import and export of seeds.