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COLEACP information meetings for NPPOs

Further information on TRACES NT

COLEACP’s videoconference for National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) on 19 January, on “Use of the European TRACES NT system in ACP countries”, was well attended.

Resources
The following additional support is available on using TRACES NT:

  • From late March 2021, virtual training courses will be provided by Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF). COLEACP will provide details when more information becomes available.
  • Distance support and training from the TRACES helpdesk is available on request: contact sante-traces@ec.europa.eu
  • The TRACES website provides FAQs
  • Advice on using TRACES for the first time can be found here: Getting Started

Paper versus electronic
It is important to note that paper certificates will still be accepted by the EU for the foreseeable future. However, COLEACP would like to emphasise that there are many advantages to using the electronic system. Electronic certification is likely to become more and more important in the near future, and the greater flexibility and reliability of using electronic certificates has been demonstrated during the Covid pandemic.

TRACES NT versus e-Phyto
A question that is frequently asked relates to the difference between TRACES NT and e-Phyto (IPPC HUB). One of the main differences is that TRACES NT is designed only for trade with Europe, and automatically gives specific European requirements for each product.

Next topic: Banana fusarium wilt TR4

The next e-meetings for NPPOs will focus on TR4 (Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense tropical race 4), an aggressive strain of banana fusarium wilt, which is one of only six strains that attack Cavendish bananas. The first of these regional meetings will be for West Africa.



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