The Germplasm Unit is a plant health organ in all the IARCs, with the responsibility of implementing the
- International Plant Protection Convention(IPPC)
- Inter African Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC)
- NPPOs regulations
- and all IARCs recommendations.
IPPC recommended in August 1993 at Montreal that all germplasm health scientists from the IARCs should take adequate measures to reduce the risk of pest spread with germplasm exchange
The unit of each centre should issue a Germplasm Health Statement and the host country, import permits and Phytosanitary Certificates.