New EU plant health rules

The new Plant Health Regulation will be applicable from 14 December 2019. The new rules aim to modernise the plant health regime, enhancing more effective measures for the protection of the Union’s territory and its plants. They also aim to ensure safe trade, as well as to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the health of our crops and forests.

Several delegated and implementing acts will be adopted by the Commission by 2019 to ensure the correct implementation of the legislation across EU Member States. On December 10th, the Commission Implementing Regulation* establishing uniform conditions for the implementation of the new Plant Health Regulation has been published in the EU official journal.

This act establishes the following:

  • List of Union quarantine pests (Annex II)
  • List of protected zones and the respective protected zone quarantine pests (Annex III)
  • List of Union regulated non-quarantine pests and specific plants for planting, with categories and thresholds (Annex IV)
  • Measures to prevent the presence of RNQPs on specific plants for planting (Annex V)
  • List of plants, plant products and other objects whose introduction into the Union from certain third countries is prohibited (Annex VI)
  • List of plants, plant products and other objects originating from third countries, or in the Union territory and the corresponding special requirements for their introduction into or movement within the Union territory (Annexes VII and VIII)
  • List of plants, plant products and other objects, whose introduction into certain protected zones is prohibited (Annex IX)
  • List of plants, plant products and other objects to be introduced into, or moved within protected zones and corresponding special requirements for protected zones (Annex X)
  • List of plants, plant products and other objects, as well as the respective third countries of origin or dispatch, for which phytosanitary certificates are required (Annex XI)
  • List of plants, plant products and other objects for which a phytosanitary certificate is required for their introduction into a protected zone from certain third countries of origin or dispatch (Annex XII)
  • List of plants, plant products and other objects for which a plant passport is required for their movement within the Union territory (Annex XIII)
  • List of plants, plant products and other objects for which a plant passport with the designation ‘PZ’ is required for introduction into, and movement within certain protected zones (Annex XIV)

Euroseeds has developed a guide to help operators to understand and implement the EU Plant Health Regulation. This guide will be reviewed in the coming weeks in regards of the publication of the different lists of pests and requirements.

For more information:
Euroseeds
www.euroseeds.eu


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