EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 2005 Num. article: 2005/139

New EPPO Action List

Since the 1970s, EPPO has maintained lists of A1 and A2 quarantine pests which were recommended for regulation as quarantine pests. Most of these pests are now regulated by a substantial number of EPPO countries. However some pests, in particular those recently listed by EPPO, are not yet regulated in the EPPO region. In order to give more emphasis to its latest recommendations, EPPO has decided to include these pests in a new Action List (i.e. a list of pests that EPPO member countries should actively consider for regulation). In addition, it was rightly considered that EPPO could not itself have lists of quarantine pests but should only make recommendations to its member countries to regulate certain pests. Therefore in 2005, the old concept of EPPO A1 and A2 quarantine pest lists was abolished (EPPO Standard PM1/2 is now under revision). For convenience the concept of A1 pests (absent from the EPPO region) and A2 pests (locally present) is retained with a simple geographical meaning.

EPPO now maintains on its website (http://www.eppo.org/QUARANTINE/quarantine.htm) the following lists of pests recommended for regulation, which remain under constant review within the Organization:
1)        Action List: pests which are newly recommended by EPPO for inclusion in member countries' phytosanitary regulations.
2)        Lists of A1 and A2 pests regulated as quarantine pests in the EPPO region: these lists are a combination of the old EPPO A1/A2 lists with the list of pests regulated by the EU.


EPPO Secretariat, 2005-09.