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Innovation Award Celebrates ICC and IPPC Partnership for the ePhyto Project

ICC and FAO/International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) have been collaborating on an innovative project for plant protection with an international ePhyto web hub to digitalize trade facilitation. The system is rolling out to countries worldwide now, and ICC is pleased to announce the project has received a trade facilitation innovation award at the Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2019, 17-18 September 2019, in New Delhi, India. The award was for piloting and implementation of the Generic e-Phyto National System (GeNS) in Samoa and Sri Lanka.

The innovation award recognizes the work of IPPC and ICC in delivering the ePhyto hub, providing tools and opportunities to realize UN Sustainable Development Goals. There is strong interest in the Asia-Pacific for further country participation and implementation.

IPPC’s Secretariat Craig Fedchock, who was also the e-Phyto project leader, enlisted the expertise of ICC’s Venkat Venkatswaran, Chief of Application Delivery, as the e-Phyto project manager. Together, their work helped develop and operate a centralized hub to facilitate the exchange of plant certificates through a protected, web-based system. This e-Phyto application will help standardize plant trade certificates, as well as prevent the submission of fraudulent certificates for unfit and unsafe plants.

The partnership of ICC and IPPC successfully delivered an innovative solution for developing countries to ensure plant safety and protection, as they move across borders. Electronic phyto-sanitary certificates, in place of paper certificates, ensure safe standards in the arrival and clearance of plants. Trade suffers when ePhyto certificates do not utilize a harmonized e-business standard. IPPC and ICC, through their collaboration on a Generic e-Phyto National Systems (GeNS) for plant trade certificates, have delivered a progressive and tangible solution to an on-going issue for plant trade. See the presentation shared at the forum here.

For more information about the IPPC ePhyto project and how a national plant protection organization can participate, visit https://www.ephytoexchange.org/

The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum is the leading regional platform for the exchange of information, experiences and practice on trade facilitation. The APTFF has been organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and a growing number of partners since 2009, including UNCTAD, WCO and WTO. It is held biennially and attracts more than 250 participants from 30 countries.

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ICC and UNITAR Launch Mobile App for WHO Safe Surgery Checklist

ICC and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have partnered to develop a mobile application to facilitate the use of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. The app was launched Tuesday 17 September 2019, during the celebration of the first World Patient Safety Day.

Mobile apps with innovative technology like voice recognition can make all the difference in access and availability of information to people around the globe.

Sameer Chauhan, Director, ICC

World Patient Safety Day was established this year to raise global awareness on accessible, safe, timely and affordable surgical care, an issue that is at the heart of universal health coverage and is key to achieving any health related objective outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Energy, telecommunications, manufacturing and service industries have shown that innovative digital solutions can help increase safety in the medical field. The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist was developed to reduce errors and adverse events, improve teamwork and communication in surgery.

The new mobile application aims to promote the use of WHO’s Checklist by making it even easier to follow through a voice recognition system. As a result, UNICC, WHO and UNITAR expect the morbidity and mortality rates to keep decreasing in patients during and after surgery.

ICC’s Director, Sameer Chauhan, explained the crucial link between technology and patient safety and how possible technological tools can contribute to surgical care.

The launch event, organized by WHO and UNITAR in the Palais des Nations in Geneva was preceded by a roundtable with experts from WHO global surgery staff and health care specialists from around the world who met to discuss the need for safe surgery.

The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist app is already available at Google Play.

See also the related ICC story on WHO’s 5 Moments of Medication Safety App.