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New Pest Measures - legislation for Autumn 2023

New Pest Measures legislation for Autumn 2023

In November 2023, Great Britain’s Plant Health Services will start to introduce new pest measures.  

From 24 November 2023, certain pest and trade-facilitating legislative changes will come into force. The proposed changes include:

  • Deregulating certain Quarantine Pests (please see details of the stakeholder engagement that is currently open)

  • Regulating certain viroid’s of tomato and/or pepper (please find details of the closed stakeholder engagement)

  • Incorporating the existing derogations of ash wood from Canada and the USA, and certain conifer species of bonsai trees from Japan, into legislation.

From 2 May 2024, the remaining proposed changes will come into force. This includes:

  • Listing certain pests, on the basis of a preliminary assessment, as provisional quarantine pests.
  • Expanding import requirements to cover plants for planting of potato (please see details of the stakeholder engagement that is currently open)
  • Integrating the current trade easement for ToBRFV testing requirements for seeds into legislation

  • Extending a specific import requirement to include EU Member states, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, treating all countries equally. 

Please see the Q&A document for more information.

The WTO have been notified of the proposals. If you have any comments or questions, email planthealth@defra.gov.uk