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UK Plant Health Risk Register

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Legislation

Council Directive 2000/29/EC sets out the restrictions and protective measures which aim to protect plant health within the Community.

Plant Health

There are many plant pests and diseases, which if they were to become established in Great Britain, could cause serious damage to our crops and plants. Official controls and restrictions on the import, movement and keeping of plants, plant pests and other material (e.g. soil) are vital to help prevent the introduction and spread of harmful organisms.

Protecting plant health is a shared responsibility between Government, growers, traders and the general public. There are two main elements to plant health. Quarantine measures are taken to keep foreign pests out of areas where they could cause damage to crops, trees and wild plants. Measures are based on a scientific assessment of the risks. They may include rules restricting import and movement of plants and plant produce, or specifying treatments or inspections which have to be carried out. Surveys and publicity increase the chance that outbreaks are detected early while they can still be eradicated. Certification ensures that high quality planting material, substantially free from plant pests and diseases, is available to growers. For example all seed potatoes sold in the UK are certified.

Fera's Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate (PHSI) is responsible for implementing the plant health Regulations in England and Wales, on behalf of Defra and the Welsh Government. The Scottish Government is responsible for implementation in Scotland. Separate but similar arrangements apply in Northern Ireland.

Fera's PHSI, together with the devolved administrations and the Forestry Commission (FC) forms the UK Plant Health Service and works with other EC Member States and the European Commission to agree appropriate plant health rules for Europe and co-ordinate their implementation. A range of services are available to help growers, traders and the general public meet their obligations under these plant health rules.

Please note that Defra is responsible for policy relating to tree and plant health matters. Questions relating to issues of policy in these areas should be directed to Defra.

What's new

14 October 2014 - The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2014 which came into force on 1st October 2014.

11 September 2014 - Comments sought on a new Pest Risk Assessment for Candidatus phytoplasma solani.

11 September 2014 - UK Plant health service notice to traders on Epitrix - September 2014.

8 August 2014 - Comments sought on a new Pest Risk Assessment for Acute oak decline (AOD).

7 August 2014 - Summary of the changes to the EU Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC introduced through Commission Implementing Directives 2014/78/EU and 2014/83/EU PDF (45 KB).

4 August 2014 - Outcome of the 2013 policy review for Tuta absoluta PDF (254 KB).

22 July 2014 - 2014 Country Consultation on draft International Standards.

12 June 2014 - Defra response to the consultation on Hop stunt viroid (HSVd).

5 June 2014 - Consultation on proposal to abolish the Watermark Disease (Local Authorities) Order 1974 (SI 1974 No. 768).

5 June 2014 - Comments sought on a new Rapid Assessment for Diabrotica significata (3-spotted leaf beetle), Scolytus morawitzi (Morawitz's bark beetle), Essigella californica (Monterey pine aphid).

5 June 2014 - Defra response to the consultation on Candidatus Phytoplasma ulmi (Elm yellows).

7 May 2014 - Comments sought on a new Pest Risk Assessment for Puccinia komarovii var. glandulifera against Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera).

17 April 2014 - The Plant Health Order (England) (Amendment) Order 2014 (comes into force 6th May 2014).

14 April 2014 - Defra response to the consultation on Caleptrimerus vitis (Grape rust mite).

10 April 2014 - Updated list of watercourses designated as contaminated with Ralstonia solanacearum - River Jubilee added.

3 April 2014 - Comments sought on a new Pest Risk Assessment for Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum.

1 April 2014 - Comments sought on a new Rapid Assessment for Diabrotica speciosa.

26 March 2014 - The Plant Health (Fees) (England) Regulations 2014 (comes into force 6th April 2014) and publication of the Plant Health (Export Certification) (England) (Amendment) Order 2014.

19 March 2014 - New Additions to the UK Plant Health Risk Register.

26 February 2014 - Comments sought on a new Rapid Assessment for Candidatus Phytoplasma ulmi.

21 January 2014 - UK Plant Health Risk Register.

02 January 2014 - Requirements applying to retail sales of seed potatoes.

20 December 2013 - Defra response to the consultation on Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Pine Processionary Moth, PPM).

20 December 2013 - Algae require a phytosanitary certificate for import into the EU.

19 December 2013 - The Plant Health (Fees) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (comes into force 1st January 2014).

13 December 2013 - Comments sought on a review of the UK plant health policy for Tuta absoluta.

12 December 2013 - Comments sought on a new Rapid Assessment for Tropidosteptes pacificus (Ash mirid plant bug) and Caleptrimerus vitis (Grape rust mite).

5 December 2013 - Defra response to the consultations on Parapoynx polydectalis and Phenacoccus parvus (Lantana mealybug).

2 December 2013 - Defra response to the consultations on Ophiomia kwansonis (the day lily leafminer) and Anthonomus eugenii (the pepper weevil).

27 November 2013 - Comments sought on a new Rapid Assessment for Hop stunt viroid (HSVd).

22 November 2013 - Defra response to the Melampsoridium hiratsukanum (alder rust) consultation.

18 November 2013 - Potato Brown Rot river survey results published.

8 November 2013 - Defra consultation response to the European mountain ash ringspot associated virus (EMARAV).

5 November 2013 - Comments sought on new risk assessments for Aleurolobus marlatti (Marlatt whitefly), Citripestis sagittiferella (a citrus fruit boring caterpillar) and Etiella zinckenella (a seed-boring caterpillar of beans and peas).

7 November 2013 - Plant Health (England) (Amendment) (No.3) Order 2013 comes into force on 11 November 2013.

5 November 2013 - New regulations to protect plane, sweet chestnut and pine trees.

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29 October 2013 - Defra response to the consultations on Ceratocystis platani (Plane wilt), Cryphonectria parasitica (Chestnut blight) and Aromia bungii (Red-necked longhorn beetle).

24 October 2013 - Defra Phytophthora austrocedrae consultation response and guidance for the of planting juniper published.

21 October 2013 - Potato import requirements letter.

21 October - Bemisia tabaci outbreaks: advice for salad growers

3 September - Outbreak of Meloidogyne fallax in the West Midlands

12 August 2013 - EFSA has invited comments on two scientific opinions it is preparing, on citrus blackspot and citrus canker. Comments must be submitted to EFSA by 12 September 2013.

10 July 2013 - Comments sought, by mid-August, on the draft international standards recently released for country consultation by the IPPC secretariat.

1 July 2013 - Phytophthora programme review report published.

1 July 2013 - Russian Federation ban on imports from EU Countries from the 1st July 2013.

As a result of a disagreement with the EU Commission on the provision of pest status information by EU member states, associated with a Russian request for a lifting of the EU ban on imports of ware potatoes and conifer plants into the EU, the Russian Federation have informed the commission that from 1st July 2013, there is a ban on the imports from EU countries of plants with soil attached, potted plants, fruit and ornamental plants for planting, seed potatoes, as well as ware potatoes, except those packed for the final consumer or directly destined to industrial processing. Please see the full list of Customs codes affected which have been supplied by Russian authorities.

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26 June 2013 - Letter to Interested Organisations on the future regulatory status of Pepino mosaic virus.

14 June 2013 - Comments sought on a new Rapid Assessment for Plantago asiatica mosaic virus (PlAMV).

14 June 2013 - The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013 comes into force on 15 July.

13 June 2013 - Comments sought on new Pest Risk Assessment for Xanthomonas fragariae, Melampsoridium hiratsukanum (Alder rust) and Phenacoccus parvus (Lantana mealybug).

7 June 2013 - Comments sought on a new Rapid Assessment for Parapoynx polydectalis.

24 May 2013 - Chalara fraxinea (Chalara ash dieback) updated PRA now available.

20 May 2013 - Comments sought on a new Rapid Assessment for Cryphonectria parasitica (Chestnut blight).

25 April 2013 - Update: Investigation into suspect ring rot outbreak.

17 April 2013 - Comments sought on EU proposal for Dryocosmus kuriphilus (Oriental chestnut gall wasp)

11 April 2013 - Comments sought on a new Rapid Assessment for Ceratocystis platani (Plane wilt)

10 April 2013 - Comments sought on EU proposal to deregulate Monilinia fructicola.

6 April 2013 - The Plant Health (Fees) (England) Regulations 2013 and The Plant Health (Export Certification) (England) (Amendment) Order 2013 come into force. The Statutory Instruments laid before Parliament on 7 March and 14 March respectively to introduce new fees for statutory plant health services came into effect. Details of the new fees payable from 6 April are available here.

Review of the EC Plant Health Regime

A review of the Plant Health regime is currently in progress. To download the Review, please click here

For more information on EU Plant Health rules, please follow this link

Further information

Application forms & explanatory notes for PHSI services

A more detailed account of the principles and practice of plant health is given in Defra's Plant Health Strategy for England.