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Defra recognises the additional challenges being presented to industry as a result of the current COVID-19 outbreak. We aim to support businesses involved in the trade in plants and plant products, to help ease pressure on the food supply chain without compromising the safeguarding of UK biosecurity. We are also contributing to central initiatives, for example, on how Defra can best support the UK’s food supply chain through this period. For guidance and support for businesses and employers, visit GOV.uk.
There are many pests and diseases that can seriously damage crops and plants in the UK. Assessing and understanding these threats is essential to informing the actions needed to protect plant health set out in Protecting Plant Health - A .
As the Strategy makes clear, tackling threats to plant health is not just a matter for government; success is dependent on partnership working between all those with a role to play. To this end the Portal is a shared resource providing information about plant pests and diseases, including the assessments of risk undertaken by government and the data underpinning those assessments, with links to other sites of interest, including non-government sites, as well as information on the plant health controls and services provided by government.
The smarter rules for safer food (SRSF) package is a set of EU regulations for the protection against animal disease, plant pests, and for the organisation and performance of official controls. SRSF brings major changes to the UK plant passport system, and the importing and exporting plants and plant products. The PHR and OCR became applicable on the 14 December 2019. Use the 'Smarter Rules for Safer Food (SRSF)' page to find out more.
Find out more about the plant pests and diseases which threaten our crops, trees, gardens and countryside.
The UK Plant Health Risk Register records and rates risks to UK crops, trees, gardens and ecosystems from plant pests and pathogens.
Initiatives providing opportunities for members of the public to get involved in helping combat threats to plant health. How you can help tackle plant health risks.
Find out more about Citizen Science initiatives.
Discover and explore sources of plant health related information, including links to government services and other sites of interest.
Explore our Resources section.