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UK Plant Health Risk Register

Click here to view the UK Plant Health Risk Register.

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 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.

21 March 2013 - Comments sought on new rapid assessments for Aromia bungii (the peach red-necked longhorn, plum and peach longhorn or red-necked longhorn beetle) and European mountain ash ringspot associated virus (EMARAV)

20 March 2013 - The Plant Health Guide for Importers and Plant Health Guide to Plant Passporting and Marketing Requirements have been updated.

6 February 2013 - Update: Investigation into suspect ring rot outbreak.

4 February 2013 - Comments sought on new rapid assessments for Dialeuropora decempuncta (Breadfruit whitefly) and Phenacoccus solenopsis (Cotton mealybug)

23 January 2013 - To help importers understand the new requirements for notification of tree imports a list of questions and answers has been published by Defra.

18 January 2013 - Fera is investigating a suspect outbreak of potato ring rot in the East of England. Click here for more details.

17 January 2013 - The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) Order 2013 comes into force
Statutory notification requirements concerning the import of specified genera of trees: Platanus (Plane), Quercus (Oak), Castanea (Sweet chestnut) and Fraxinus (Ash) came into effect on 17 January 2013. These changes will help to protect the UK's plant health status, by strengthening measures already in place in relation to imports of trees. Initially the new requirements apply in England only, where the vast majority of imports take place, but there is close liaison with Devolved Administrations who are considering their positions. Details of the notification requirements can be found in the letter sent by Defra to importers and trade associations on 17 January.

4 January 2013 - Fera has confirmed the presence of ring rot in ware potatoes imported from Poland and processed in Wales. Click here for more details.

2 January 2013 - Comments sought on new rapid assessments for Anthonomus eugenii (Pepper weevil), Ophiomia kwansonis (Day lilly leafminer) and Tobacco mild green mosaic virus

14 December 2012 - The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) Order 2012 comes into force
This Order amends the Plant Health (England) Order 2005 to include measures to prevent the introduction and spread of Chalara fraxinea.

7 December 2012 - The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2012 comes into force
This Order amends the Plant Health (England) Order 2005 in requiring potatoes originating from Poland and imported into England to be accompanied by an official certificate confirming that the potatoes have been found to be free from Clavibacter michiganensis ssp sepedonicus (Ring rot) in official laboratory tests. It also introduces notification requirements for ware potatoes imported from Romania, Spain and Portugal. Existing notification requirements are retained for seed potatoes imported from any source.

7 December 2012 - Outcome of the consultation on Chalara fraxinea is now live

6 December 2012 - Notification letter about the import of potatoes:

22 November 2012 - Information about sourcing ware potatoes from other EU member states or from outside Europe, in response to current supply difficulties:

30 October 2012 - The Defra Technical Review of the Phytophthora Programme is now live
(See useful information and further reading)

4 October 2012 - Government considers ban on ash tree movements:

2 October 2012 - New European Commission emergency measures against Pomacea (including the Island apple snail):

2 October 2012 - Comments sought on new risk assessments for Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Pine Processionary Moth, PPM) and Helicotylenchus dihystera

31 August 2012 - Comments sought on new risk assessment for Chalara fraxinea (Ash dieback)

10 August 2012 - UK Diabrotica survey report 2011

31 July 2012 - Outcome of the review of plant health policy on Liriomyza spp.

26 July 2012 - 2012 Country Consultation on draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs)

19 July 2012 - PRESS RELEASE: Public urged to look out for exotic beetle pest of trees

10 July 2012 - Comments sought on new rapid assessments for Peronospora belbahrii, Contarinia maculipennis and Conogethes punctiferalis

29 June 2012 - Comments sought on new pest risk assessment for Phytophthora austrocedrae

25 May 2012 - EU measures on Epitrix have now been published

17 May 2012 - We are pleased to announce the launch of two new Phytophthora videos

6 April 2012 - The Plant Health (Fees) (England) Regulations 2012 come into force

On Friday 6 April 2012 the Statutory Instrument laid before Parliament on 12 March 2012 to introduce new fees for the five statutory plant health services of Import inspections for plant health controlled material from non-European Union countries, Import inspections on potatoes imported from Egypt, Plant health licensing services, Plant health passporting services and Seed potato certification service came into effect.

The phased increases in fees will roll out over three years, with 50% of the gap between current statutory income and the current full cost of service provision being closed in 2012 and the remainder by 2014.

Details of the new fees payable from 6 April for each of the five statutory plant health services are available here

30 March 2012 - New European Commission emergency measures against the Citrus longhorn beetle

30 March 2012 - An update about emergency measures to prevent the spread of Epitrix is now availble

28 March 2012 - Asian longhorn beetle outbreak press release

16 March 2012 - Comments sought on new rapid assessment for Stenchaetothrips spinalis

13 March 2012 - Comments sought on new pest risk assessment for Rhagoletis cingulata

13 March 2012 - Comments sought on new rapid assessments for Macchiademus diplopterus and Musotima nitidalis

10 February 2012 - Update to tomato diseases - Tobacco mild green mosaic virus (TMGMV)

9 February 2012 - PRESS RELEASE: New disease identified in native juniper trees in Upper Teesdale

3 February 2012 - Comments sought on new rapid assessments for Ceroplastes rubens, Crenidorsum aroidephagus, Parthenolecanium fletcheri (Fletcher scale, Arborvitae soft scale, Thuja soft scale), Phenacoccus peruvianus (Bougainvillea mealybug)

3 February 2012 - Comments sought on new consultation for Pomacea insularum

23 January 2012 - The Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees)(England)(Amendment) Regulations 2012 apply from 13 February 2012. The regulations implement changes to some fees for trades eligible for reduced import inspection levels following the annual review of the reduced checks system by the European Commission. Details of the change can be found here, and the List of reduced inspection levels is also now available.

8 January 2012 - Comments sought on new Rapid Assessment for Fusarium oxysporum

6 January 2012

5 December 2011 - Those who bring seed potatoes into England and Wales from other EU Member States are reminded that there is a legal obligation to notify such introductions in advance. The information provided facilitates monitoring by the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate for harmful diseases such as ring rot and brown rot and allows tracing in the event of problems. In the event of non-compliance, statutory action is taken reflecting the level of risk resulting from the infringement. Details of the notification system are available here.

29 November 2011 - Comments sought on new Rapid Assessments for Chrysolina coerulans and Acaphylla theae (Pink tea mite)

12 October 2011 - Comments sought on new EPPO Pest Risk Assessment for Agrilus anxius

11 October 2011 - Devon outbreak of Phythophthora lateralis

19 September 2011 - Citrus longhorn beetle finding in Manchester

14 September 2011 - PHSI ISO Accreditation - read details of Fera's accreditation

12 September 2011 - Phytophthora lateralis plant disease factsheet is now live

4 August 2011 - Potato spindle viroid outbreak

15 July 2011 - Testing of selected watercourses for Dickeya spp. in England and Wales (2008-2011)

4 July 2011 - 2011 Country Consultation on draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs)

20 June 2011 - Updated list of watercourses designated for Ralstonia solanacearum is now live

14 June 2011 - A new report titled "Assessing the Potential of Using Remote Sensing in Support of Current Phytophthora Work" has been published within the Phytophthora research section

13 June 2011 - Comments sought on new PRA's for Phytophthora pseudosyringae and Phylloxera quercus

20 April 2011 - Update on Tomato diseases

7 April 2011 - Update on the consultation on the UK Protected Zone (PZ) status of Bemisia tabaci (Tobacco whitefly)

9 March 2011 - Imports - cut flowers from Tanzania: UPDATE

18 February 2011 - Comments sought on new PRA for Plum pox Potyvirus

2 February 2011 - Comments sought on new PRA for Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV)

6 January 2011 - Report of Phytophthora ramorum incited dieback of larch (Larix kaempferi)

22 December 2010 - Phytophthora ramorum natural host list updated with new findings

21 December 2010 - Consultation on the UK Protected Zone (PZ) status of Bemisia tabaci (Tobacco whitefly)

9 December 2010 - Imports update - cut flowers from Tanzania

16 November 2010 - Revalorisation of Plant Health import inspection charges

27 October 2010 - Notification of PEACH downtime from 19:00 on Friday the 29th October 2010 until 07:00 on Monday 1st November 2010

25 October 2010 - New Rapid Assessment for Epitrix species:

5 October 2010 - Comments sought on new Rapid Assessment for Ostrinia nubilalis (European corn borer)

5 October 2010 - Notification of PEACH downtime from 18:00 on Friday the 8th October 2010 until 08:00 on Monday 11th October 2010

7 September 2010 - New requirements to protect against Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Red palm weevil)

31 August 2010 - Latest situation regarding Phytophthora ramorum infections in Larch trees

13 August 2010 - Citrus longhorn beetle find in Rutland - news update

30 July 2010 - Citrus longhorn beetles intercepted in the UK

21 July 2010 - Comments sought on new Rapid Assessment for Oemona hirta (the Lemon tree borer) and Diaphania perspectalis (Box tree caterpillar)

2 July 2010 - Country Consultation on draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs)

3 June 2010 - A reminder about Citrus longhorn beetle

11 May 2010 - New requirements to protect against Citrus longhorn beetle

22 April 2010 - Outbreak of Citrus longhorn beetle in the Netherlands - further update

7 April 2010 - Outbreak of Citrus longhorn beetle in the Netherlands - update

29 March 2010 - Citrus longhorn beetle - suspected finding in the Midlands - Update

26 March 2010 - Citrus longhorn beetle - suspected finding in the Midlands

16 February 2010 - Outbreak of Citrus longhorn beetle in the Netherlands

8 February 2010 - Outbreak of Potato Brown Rot

18 November 2009 - New research report available: "Studies to evaluate risks posed by Phytophthora kernoviae and Phytophthora ramorum to Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) and UK heathlands"

6 November 2009 - Latest Potato brown rot sampling results

22 October 2009 - Euonymus leaf notcher found in the UK for the first time

1 October 2009 - The Seed Potatoes (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 came into force

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.