Plant Health

United States Department of Agriculture (USD​A)

USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) serves to facilitate safe trade, regulate the import and export of plants, and help exporters meet the entry requirements of other countries. The Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking System (PCIT) system tracks the inspection of agricultural products and certifies compliance with plant health standards of importing countries.

Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)

As a partner of USDA, ODA can: ​

  • Issue phytosanitary certificates
  • Provide field inspections and laboratory testing
  • Conduct surveys to establish pest-free status

Certification programs

The ODA Virus Certification Program tests fruit and ornamental plant species for viruses of quarantine significance.

Plants tested include:

  • Malus, apples and crabapples
  • Prunus, fruiting and ornamental cherries
  • Plums, fruiting and ornamental
  • Peaches and apricots
  • Pyrus, domestic pears, Asian pears, and flowering pears
  • Cydonia, quince

Field inspection

ODA offers a variety of field inspection services for farmers and growers that export their crops or products to other countries.

Services include:

  • Seed field inspections for countries or states that require pest-free certification
  • Potato field inspections for late blight
  • Mint field inspection for Verticillium wilt
  • Allium (onion, garlic, chive, leek, and shallot) field inspections for white rot
Field inspection applications must be completed, signed, and submitted to ODA so these crops can be inspected when required for pests of quarantine significance to our international customers.

Timber inspection

The Imported Timber Inspection Program monitors imported, untreated wood products for exotic (non-native) plant pests and diseases. Importers are required to notify the department of any incoming shipments of untreated (non-heat treated) wood products. Official inspectors then inspect and test products as necessary.


Accessing PCIT or VEHCS for the first time

Industry users quick reference guide for logging into PCIT Document

Field inspection application

This application form is a general form used for ALL field disease inspections. Field inspection application
Shawn Meng, Plant Pathologist

Field inspection services


Plant diagnostic services brochure

Guidelines for collecting and submitting samples including tests and fees. Brochure



Main Office
Plant Health
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4620
Fax: 503-986-4737