Capacity evaluation tools

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Activities to improve food safety, animal and plant health situation should be based on a careful identification, assessment and prioritization of needs to be successful and sustainable. Capacity assessment is therefore an important initial step in the process of building and enhancing SPS capacity.

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Existing SPS-related capacity evaluation tools and their application

While the standards of Codex, OIE and IPPC are recognized by the SPS Agreement, many more organizations are involved in SPS capacity building and have developed accompanying evaluation tools.

- IPPC Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Tool (PCE)
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FAO Strengthening national food control systems: Guidelines to assess capacity building needs
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FAO Strengthening national food control systems: Quick guide to assess capacity building needs
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FAO Guide to assess biosecurity capacity (Part 2 of the FAO Biosecurity Toolkit)
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OIE Tool for the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services
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IICA Performance, Vision and Strategy (PVS) for National Veterinary Services
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IICA Performance, Vision and Strategy (PVS) for National Food Safety Services
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IICA Performance, Vision and Strategy (PVS) for National Plant Protection Organizations
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IICA Performance, Vision and Strategy (PVS) for SPS: An Institutional Vision
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UNDP/GEF National Capacity Self Assessments (Resource Kit No. 3)

STDF Workshop on SPS-related Capacity Evaluation Tools – 2008

Capacity evaluation tools developed by international organizations were the subject of an STDF workshop held in Geneva on 31 March 2008. Information on this workshop, including ten presentations on SPS-related capacity evaluation tools and approaches, is available on the WTO SPS gateway.

STDF Publication on capacity evaluation tools developed by international organizations

     The STDF has released a publication providing information on the scope and use of 12 capacity evaluation tools developed by international organizations. This publication is a useful reference for all those interested in evaluating capacity needs in the SPS area. It covers sectoral tools related to food safety, animal and plant health, as well as cross-sectoral tools and related methodologies.