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The Animal and Plant Health Agency is an executive agency of Defra and aims to protect animal and plant health by preventing and controlling the spread of disease.

What we do

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Plant Health, Plant Varieties & Seeds
We deliver statutory services in relation to plant health, plant varieties and seeds. We are also responsible for issuing licences to release non-native biocontrol agents in England.

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GM Inspectorate
We undertake risk assessment and horizon scanning research on the release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for Defra, other Government departments, the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority.

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Bee Health Inspectorate
The Bee Health Inspectorate provides an integrated programme of apiary inspections, diagnostics, and training and advice which are provided by a team of experienced practical beekeepers.

Welcome to our website

Here you will find information about the regulatory services we provide in Plant Health, Bee Health, Plant Varieties and Seeds, and the Genetic Modification Inspectorate.

If you are looking for information about Fera's commercial services, including the Plant Clinic, Food Quality and Safety and Agri-Technology services, please visit our new website

Please note, information on the UK Government Decontamination Service has moved to