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