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About us

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) is an Executive Agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Fera has three distinct areas of responsibility:

Regulation, policy and risk
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.

Research and assurance
We provide robust scientific evidence, rigorous analysis and professional advice to Government, international organisations and the private sector.

Response and recovery
Fera is an essential element of the nation's capability to respond to, and recover from, emergency situations. Fera's Government Decontamination Service has a specific remit to provide advice, guidance and support to those responsible for dealing with the consequences of an accidental or deliberate release of hazardous materials (HazMats) or Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear (CBRN) materials.

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 www.fera.co.uk. You will also find there further information about Fera, including corporate publications, news and events, and careers information.