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EU audit reports on official plant health controls in Cameroon

26 September 2017

The European Commission has published its audit report on a recent audit to evaluate the system of official controls and the certification of plants and plant products originating in Cameroon and exported to the EU.

The audit was carried out following repeatedly high numbers of interceptions of harmful organisms in consignments of plants and plant products exported from Cameroon to the EU.

The audit team found that the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) has started to establish an export control system for plant health. However, at present the systems does not include many of the elements required by EU and international standards. There are significant weaknesses in its organisation and implementation which compromise its overall effectiveness. Therefore, pre-export checks cannot be considered reliable to ensure compliance with EU import requirements.

In October 2016, in response to correspondence from the European Commission, the NPPO developed and implemented an export certification scheme for mango, the main commodity with most interceptions. This scheme has the potential to improve the overall reliability of export checks.

For more details see the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety report.

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