Phytosanitary certificate (ePhyto)


To attest that consignment meets phytosanitary import requirements and is undertaken by a national plant protection organisation (NPPO)


The phytosanitary certificate is issued by the exporting country’s NPPO official authority.

The certificate is received by the NPPO official authority of the importing country.

Legal requirement

There are legal requirements for phytosanitary certificates when importing or exporting plants and plant products. These requirements are in place to protect against the spread of harmful pests and diseases across borders.


More than 5,000,000 electronic phytosanitary certificates (ePhyto) have been exchanged in a productive environment since its implementation in 2020. Monthly exchange average: 200,000 ePhytos.


IPPC ePhyto Solution


No differences. All implementations use IPPC Standard 17A


Multilateral (HUB-IPPC), Regional (IOPACK Pacific Alliance), Bilateral (G-to-G)


IPPC ePhyto Solution


Dissemination and training


Examine the potential for further contributions from relevant international organisations to the identification of appropriate digital technological solutions to facilitate international paperless exchanges of health certificates in a single window environment[1].


  1. OECD (2021), "Digital opportunities for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Systems and the trade facilitation effects of SPS Electronic Certification", OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers, No. 152, OECD Publishing, Paris,