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About us

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is an executive agency sponsored by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

It protects animal and plant health by preventing and controlling the spread of disease. Information on Animal Health can be found at

We carry statutory responsibility for delivering inspectorate functions in relation to Plant Health, Bee Health, Plant Varieties and Seeds, and Genetically Modified Organisms. We also support policy development on these issues, which is the responsibility of Defra. Across Government, we work closely with the lead authorities and agencies to support policy development in a number of other areas. We are an essential element of the nation's capability to respond to, and recover from, emergency situations.

About this website

This website provides information about the range of statutory services that Fera provides on behalf of the UK Government, and the scientific research we undertake for Government in support of policy development.

For information about the scientific and research services we provide to the private sector, please visit our sister website You will also find there further information about Fera, including corporate publications, news and events, and careers information.