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Plant health

Protecting plant health is a shared responsibility between government, growers, traders and the general public. There are two main elements to plant health: quarantine and certification.

Quarantine measures are taken to keep foreign pests out of areas where they could cause damage to crops, trees and wild plants. Measures are based on a scientific assessment of the risks. Certification ensures that high quality planting material, substantially free from plant pests and diseases, is available to growers.

A more detailed account of the principles and practice of plant health is given in the Plant Health Strategy for England (PDF 191KB).

The responsibility for the development and delivery of the policy in these areas has been delegated to The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera).

Further information

  • Fera
  • eDomero - the faster, more efficient way to plant health services

Page last modified: 8 April 2009
Page published: 5 May 2003