UNUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards


Thirty-fifth Session of the
Specialized Section on Standardization of Seed Potatoes (GE.6)
2 - 5 May 2005


Document numbers in square brackets have been reserved for papers not received by the secretariat at the time of the preparation of the agenda. They will either be distributed before the meeting in the original language only (if received until 6 weeks before the session) or at the session as informal papers (if received later). They will also be available on the homepage if sent in electronic format.


1.   Adoption of the agenda TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/1
English    French    Russian
2.   Matters of interest since the last session from

-   Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards

-   Committee for trade, Industry and Enterprise Development

-   European Union

English    French    Russian
3.   Information on the results of the meetings of the bureau TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/3 (Report Dublin)
English only

TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4 (Report Grand Forks)
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  Review of the UNECE Standard for Seed Potatoes Potatoes Standards

INF.1 (Standard containing the proposed changes)   English only
  Netted scab TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 8
  Proposal for destination tolerances TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 1

(United Kingdom, United States, Netherlands)
English    French     Russian
  Definition of leaf roll TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 7
(d) Further development of Annex VIII: Images for common scab/ netted scab TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 9 and Annex 1

[TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/6 (Germany)]
(e) Interpretation of the size band TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 2
  Inclusion of tomato spotted wilt virus and

Potato rot nematode
TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 11, 12, 20

[TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/7 (United Kingdom)]
(g) Provisions concerning presentation TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 4
(h) Homogeneity/size of the lot TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 5

TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 18
(i) Visusal inspection versus testing TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 14
(j) Improvement of annex IX (sampling) TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 19

[TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/8 (Netherlands)]
(k) Proposal to rename the term “National Designated Authority” to “Designated Authority” see annotations
  Recommended best handling practices TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 17
  The concept of LMO’s in the Standard TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 16 and Annex 2
7.   Superficial necrosis caused by virus (PTNRD) Mop Top and Tobacco Rattle TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2004/12

TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 10

[TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/9 (France)]
8.   Further development of the pest list and mentioning of standard test methods TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2004/16/Add.1

TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 13
  Prototype training course for seed potato certification TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 9
Information collected by the secretariat:
  National catalogues  
  National designated authorities  
11.   Traceability of seed potatoes TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 6

TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/10 (France)
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12.     TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/4, Item 20
13.   Preparation of the next session of the Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards  
14.   Other business  
  Election of officers  
  Adoption of the report TRADE/WP.7/GE.6/2005/11
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Provisional timetable A technical visit is planned for Thursday, 5 May 2005. Transport from Geneva to Basel and Basel to Geneva will be provided. Interested delegations are invited to inform the secretariat at their earliest convenience if they would like to participate in the visit. Hotel booking information for the night from 4 to 5 May will be provided at a later stage.


Monday, 2 May 2005 10.00-13.00 Item 1 – 4
  15.00-18.00 Item 4
Tuesday, 3 May 2005 10.00-13.00 Item 4 – 7
  15.00-18.00 Item 8 – 15
Wednesday, 4 May 2005 10.00-13.00 Item 16
  14.30-18.00 Transfer from Geneva to Basel
Thursday, 5 May 2005

  Technical visit to BIOREBA, producer of agrodiagnostics
(e.g. ELISA test)
  14.00-17.00 Transfer to Basel or Geneva airport