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Review of the regulatory status of EU regulated organisms

The UK Plant Health Service are currently seeking views on a review of the regulatory status of certain organisms listed in the Annexes of the Plant Health Directive (2000/29/EC) and which are present in the EU.

The EU Plant Health regime is currently being reviewed, to better protect against plant health threats in future and to reflect changes that have taken place since the regime was first introduced (e.g. expansion of the EU, globalisation of trade, industry developments).  In preparation for the new regime, the European Commission is reviewing the regulatory status of organisms listed in the Plant Health Directive, to determine whether changes are needed in light of developments.  The aim is to consider whether listed organisms remain eligible for ‘quarantine’ status and, if so, whether requirements should be retained for the whole of the EU, or be restricted to parts of the EU wishing to retain freedom from the pest (i.e. for movements into and within Protected Zones (PZs)). Where ‘quarantine’ status is no longer considered to be justified (either for the whole of the EU, or for those areas outside PZs), organisms will either be reclassified as Regulated non-Quarantine Pests (RNQPs) or deregulated.

For further background, information on the individual pests, recommendations and how to submit a response  please refer to the information outlined below.

General background, recommendations and how to submit a response

The following pests are being considered in this the 4th batch of reviews:

Downy mildew of sunflower Plasmopara halstedii

Serpentine leaf miner Liriomyza huidobrensis and American serpentine leaf miner Liriomyza trifolii

Red band needle blight Dothistroma septosporum and Red band needle blight of pine Dothistroma pini

Brown spot of pine Scirrhia acicola

Walnut husk fly Rhagoletis completa

Witches broom of apple Candidatus Phytoplasma mali

Apricot chlorotic leafroll mycoplasma

Bacterial stem crack of carnation Burkholderia caryophylli

Decline of pear Candidatus Phytoplasma pyri

Chrysanthemum stunt viroid

Slow wilt of carnation Dickeya dianthicola

Stem and bulb nematode Ditylenchus dipsaci

White tip nematode Aphelenchoides besseyi

Phialophora wilt of carnation Phialophora cinerescens

White rust of chrysanthemum Puccinia horiana

Flower blight of chrysanthemum Stagonosporopsis chrysanthemi

Tomato spotted wilt virus

Oriental mite, Citrus brown mite Eutetranychus orientalis

Banana moth Opogona sacchari

Nigra scale Parasaissetia nigra