STDF Seminar on Electronic SPS Certification

The STDF organized a Seminar on electronic SPS certification on 28 June 2016 at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

The overall objective of the Seminar was to raise awareness of the opportunities and the challenges related to the implementation of electronic SPS certification systems, mainly in developing countries. It aimed to identify good practice and avenues for future action to support the smooth transition from paper based to automated SPS controls systems. To achieve this, the seminar :

  • reviewed existing international SPS and electronic data exchange standards and considered outstanding standard-setting gaps;
  • reviewed relevant initiatives aiming to streamline the automation of trade procedures and facilitate implementation of paperless trade to identify synergies and good practice; and
  • presented countries’ experiences in the area of exchange of electronic SPS certificates, shared lessons learned, discussed challenges faced and considered capacity building needs for developing countries.


The programme for the seminar can be viewed here.


DDG David Shark's (WTO) opening remarks are available here.


Speaker and Organization

Electronic certification in the context of agricultural trade

Jonathan Tat Tsen Koh, CrimsonLogic

IPPC's standards governing electronic phytosanitary certification: recent developments

Craig Fedchock/Shane Sela

Update on the work of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) in the area of paperless certification

Erik Bosker, CCFICS WG on paperless trade 

OIE’s standards governing electric veterinary certification

Tomoko Ishibashi, OIE

Standards of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) to simplify and automate agriculture trade

Markus Pikart, UNECE

Use of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Data Model in the area of electronic certificate(s)

Tejo Kusuma, WCO

Summary of the linkages between electronic SPS certification and other trade procedures,

Jonathan Tat Tsen Koh, CrimsonLogic

Lessons learned from implementation of electronic phytosanitary  certification in Kenya

Josiah Syanda, KEPHIS

Philippines' experience in the implementation of electronic certification to facilitate quarantine clearance for animal products

Francis Norman Lopez, InterCommerce, Pan Asian eCommerce Alliance

The Netherland's Client System: lessons learned from exchange electronic SPS certificates with developing countries

Benno Slot, NVWA

Initiatives in the Asia-Pacific Region to support implementation of paperless trade (UNNExT and other initiatives)

Maame Agyeben, United Nations ESCAP

From Customs automation to electronic phytosanitary certificates: UNCTAD's experience

John David, UNCTAD

TRAde Control and Expert System  (TRACES) of the European Union: the path towards authentic electronic certificates using qualified electronic seals and signatures

Didier Carton, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety at the European Commission

Business Dialogue side-session organized by the IPPC

View the concept note and programme for the side-session here.

Listen to the podcast of session here.



Speaker and Organization

Electronic Documentation in the grain trade: A Promising Innovation Opportunity

Vincent Minna, International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC)

Impacts of phytosanitary certification on the flower trade

Sylvie Mamias, Union Fleurs


Streamlining meat trade through electronic certification 

Suzanne Sabourin, Canadian Meat Council (CMC)


Background information

Click here to view a seminar Background Note.

Presentation- Barbara Cooper (Australia)