International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat IPPC

Mr. Craig Fedchock is currently the senior advisor to the International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat.  He previously had been the coordinator of the IPPC Secretariat and managed the activities of the Secretariat in fulfilling the mission of the organization to establish and implement international standards for trade in plants and plant products.  He previously held a number of positions with the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Division, including Director of International Capacity Development, Associate Executive Director of Plant Health Programs, and Director of the Phytosanitary Issues Management staff. Before joining PPQ, Mr. Fedchock was the Director of Bilateral Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Affairs in the Executive Office of the President, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).  He was also the Chief of Staff for APHIS International Services, and the Director for Asia Trade Policy in APHIS International Services. While at USTR he was the lead negotiator for the United States on SPS issues in multiple Free Trade Agreement negotiations and World Trade Organization accession discussions with several countries. Mr. Fedchock also worked in the Codex Office of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, managing the activities of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense. He also served as a Russian linguist in the United States Army.