The ASEAN Regional Diagnostic Network is envisaged as a system that would provide identifications of organisms of agricultural importance (especially plant pests, diseases and weeds) detected in the South-East Asian region. This diagnostic facility would service production agriculture, market access and quarantine operations. It would be available to users in the ASEAN region and would draw upon expertise both within and beyond the region.
The Network would be overseen by a high-level Advisory Committee and would report to National Plant Protection Organisations of ASEAN member countries through the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Crops. Amongst other activities, the Network would support this Working Group's goal to reduce trade impediments by harmonising phytosanitary measures within the ASEAN region.
The Clearing House and the program to develop skills and diagnostic resources would be managed by a regional, non-government organisation based in Malaysia i.e. ASEANET in consultation with the Advisory Committee.