New guidance for Plant Passporting
Matthew Casey Policy advisor from Defra has indicated there is an update in plant passporting regulations which growers need to adhere to, the full information is below
Matthew Casey. Policy Advisor, Defra
The new factsheet on the Plant Health Portal provides the latest information regarding the plant passport (PP) regime from 1st January 2021. This includes changes in the following important areas:
- Content and format of PPs in Great Britain (GB);
- Changes to Protected Zones;
- Changes to the rules for when country of origin for a plant changes to ‘GB’;
- Changes to movement of plants from Great Britain to Northern Ireland (NI);
- Changes to EU imports and PPs.
From 1 January 2021:
- UK PPs cannot be attached in the EU and EU PPs cannot be attached in GB.
- An operator in the EU will not be able to issue a UK PP because they will not be authorised to do so under the GB Plant Health Regime.
- A PP is not just a traceability document but attests that the plants covered by that PP have met the plant health standards of GB.