Improvements to the economic impact assessment section of the EPPO PRA scheme


  • This paper is an outcome of PRATIQUE (Enhancements of Pest Risk Analysis Techniques) a research project funded by the European Union under its 7th Framework Programme.


In this paper the adjustments to the economic impact assessment section of the EPPO Decision-support scheme for pest risk analysis undertaken by the PRATIQUE EU project are described. The improvements aim to improve accuracy, consistency and transparency and include the following aspects. The wording of the questions and notes has been adjusted to enhance clarity and provide additional assistance, especially for assessing indirect impacts. Furthermore a new question has been added about the impact of the pest when all current crop protection measures are applied, and some questions have been merged. Indicators, used to measure impacts, have been added to the notes. Guidance has also been given to assist the risk assessor when selecting one of five risk ratings in order to help ensure consistency between risk assessors. Finally, a matrix model has been developed, primarily to assist with summarizing results. Wherever possible, examples have been provided.