Systems Approach, ePhyto, ISPM 38, IYPH 2020 and ISTA accreditation on the agenda for APSA’s Standing Committee for International Trade & Quarantine
KUALA LUMPUR: APSA’s Standing Committee for International Trade & Quarantine invites delegates of the 26th Asian Seed Congress wanting to maintain an edge in the movement of seeds to attend its technical session on the afternoon of Tuesday, the 26th of November.
The session, which will take place 1-3pm in Room 7A on the 3rd floor of KLCC, will feature three keynote speakers.
In the session’s first presentation, Dr Szabolcs Ruthner (Regulatory Affairs Manager at the International Seed Federation (ISF) will introduce the Systems Approach concept and provide an update about the international digital phytosanitary certification ePhyto system.
Dr. Ruthner will elaborate on the potential of a Systems Approach for being multilaterally adopted by National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) as an alternative to existing pest risk management options.
The Systems Approach, which accounts for the entire seed production and distribution chain, will be discussed in context to the recent adoption of ISPM 38 on the International Movement of Seed, the resulting implementation of its elements by NPPOs, and its support for a Systems Approach.
On ePhyto, Dr. Ruthner explained that the system of issuing electronic equivalents of conventional paper phytosanitary certificates are not merely digital copies of the paper certificates, but “contain the data of certificates in a specific electronic format as prescribed in ISPM 12.”
Dr. Ruthner will elaborate on the ePhyto system, mechanisms and procedures in detail, and provide examples of its application in the international trade of seeds.
Szabolcs, a Hungarian national, graduated from Corvinus University in Budapest where he obtained his Ph.D. in molecular plant breeding, and has been working as ISF Regulatory Affairs Manager since February, 2015.
More info on him and his presentation here
Next, Datin Jatil Aliah Binti Tamin – Deputy Director at the Plant Biosecurity Division of Malaysia’s Department of Agriculture – will present on the implementation of ISPM 38 in the ASC 2019 host country, and will also provide an update on Malaysia’s preparation, plans and activities to support and promote the International Year of Plant Health or IYPH 2020, as designated by the United Nations.
These include workshops and courses to build capacity on plant and seed disease management, identification and diagnostics, including molecular techniques and other integrated approaches. Her presentation will cover national strategies related to invasive species, the Fall Armyworm, South American Leaf Blight and Malaysia’s “National Plan of Invasive Alien Species “
A Bachelor of Agricultural Science graduate from the Agricultural University of Malaysia, Datin Jatil Aliah binti Timin has been working on agriculture technical affairs and policy in the area of plant biosecurity – plant pests and diseases, management of plant pests and diseases, pest risk analysis, enforcement of quarantine regulation and systems approach.
More info about her and the presentation here.
Next, Dr Mary Ann Sayoc (Group Lead, Public Affairs, East-West Seed International) will deliver a presentation on “Multi-Stakeholder Initiative Against Child Labor: The East-West Seed Experience”.
According to the presentation abstract, “Child labor in seed supply chains particularly in India has drawn the negative attention of international NGOs. To address the issue, East-West Seed has undertaken a number of initiatives to combat child labor in seed production activities in Karnataka and Gujarat states in India with funding support from RVO, Netherlands Enterprise Agency.”
A Past President of APSA, current president of the Philippine Seed Industry Association and a member of the ISF’s Breeders Committee, Sustainable Agriculture Committee and Ornamental Board, Dr. Mary Ann P. Sayoc has 19 years of professional experience in the seed industry.
Click here for full bio and presentation abstract.
The final presentation of the session will be delivered by Dr Andreas Wais (Secretary General at the International Seed Trade Association, ISTA), who will give an Overview of ISTA Accreditation system and procedures.
Founded in 1924 national laboratory representatives to harmonize guidelines in seed testing, ISTA for 23 years has offered accreditation to its member laboratories from both the public and private sectors. The continuously developing program at present extends to testing for GMOs and Seed Health, with specific scopes for types of seed, samples and seed lots.
A Dr. agr. Graduate in Soil Science and Agronomy from the University of Bonn and Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Dr. Wais will elaborate on the ISTA system and the levels of accreditation, extending to its Blue and Orange certification scheme.
For more information on Dr. Wais and his presentation, see this page.