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On the 1st October 2014 The Animal and Plant Health Agency was formed when elements of Fera and the AHVLA merged. The APHA 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.

Changes to this website

On the 1st October 2014 elements of Fera merged with the AHVLA to become the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

For information about Fera's commercial services, including the Plant Clinic, Food Quality and Safety and Agri-Technology services, please visit

Shortly this website will close and the information will transfer to In the meantime this site contains information about APHA services in Plant Health, Bee Health, Plant Varieties and Seeds, and the Genetic Modification Inspectorate.

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