EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 05 - 2021 Num. article: 2021/098

Revision of ISPM 8: Determination of pest status in an area

In March 2021, the first revision of ISPM 8 Determination of pest status in an area was adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM). The main objective of this Standard is to provide guidance to NPPOs on how to determine the pest status in an area and provide the most appropriate description of this pest status based on information coming from various sources (including surveillance). In particular, ISPM 8 defines the following categories to describe the presence or absence of a pest in an area:



Present: widely distributed

Present: not widely distributed and not under official control

Present: not widely distributed and under official control

Present: at low prevalence

Present: except in specified pest free areas

Present: transient

Absent: pest not recorded

Absent: the entire country is pest free

Absent: pest records invalid

Absent: pest no longer present

Absent: pest eradicated

The English version of ISPM 8 can be found on the IPPC website:



IPPC Secretariat (2021) Determination of pest status in an area. International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures No. 8. Rome. https://www.ippc.int/fr/core-activities/standards-setting/ispms/