National Diagnostic Protocols

National Diagnostic Protocols

When involved in providing diagnostics for a national response to a plant pest incident, there are protocols that you need to be aware of and use as necessary. The protocols on the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network (NPBDN) website provide guidance on how an activity should be performed.

Use of National Diagnostic Protocols (NDPs) during incident response will:

  • allow you to rapidly and accurately diagnose specific plant pests
  • help you be consistent with Australia’s agreed approach to diagnosing plant pests
  • help ensure Australia meets its international plant protection obligations

The NDPs on the NPBDN website have been:

  • developed by the Subcommittee on Plant Health Diagnostic Standards (SPHDS)
  • drafted and reviewed in accordance with the SPHDS Reference Standards
  • endorsed by the Plant Health Committee