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- Plants: 06 02 10, 06 02 20, 06 02 90, 06 03 19, 06 04 20, 07 09 20, 14 04 90
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PH/026 Pest Measures. Language(s): English. Number of pages: 21
This instrument amends the retained Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 ("the Phytosanitary Conditions Regulation") pursuant to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and European Union (Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020). It will introduce measures in England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain) against the import of host plants and other relevant regulated goods for certain pests (Prodiplosis longifila, Agrilus fleischeri, Thekopsora minima and Agrilus planipennis). Imports of these high-risk plant goods will only be permitted under certain conditions e.g. the goods being grown in a pest free area, treated with heat. It will also introduce a prohibition on the import of Polymnia sonchifolia plants from entering Great Britain.
Pest Risk Analyses (PRAs), conducted by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO), have recommended Prodiplosis longifila, Agrilus fleischeri, and Thekopsora minima for regulation and suggested the approach that Great Britain are introducing to tackle these risks to biosecurity. Based on these PRAs, these pests were added in January 2021 as provisional quarantine pests (PQPs) in GB legislation (The Plant Health (Phytosanitary Conditions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020). No objections were raised by WTO Members to the PQP listing of these pests. This PQP listing means there is already an obligation to ensure freedom from these pests, but with no specific requirements about how this must be achieved or a mechanism to monitor compliance through declarations on the phytosanitary certificate. The measures being notified define the requirements, to provide clarity to National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) and industry and set in place the process by which we can be assured that pest freedom will be achieved.
The EPPO PRA on Agrilus planipennis concluded that the likelihood of this pest establishing in the EPPO region, including Great Britain, was high and would cause serious damage to ash trees. The assessed risk of Agrilus planipennis and Polymnia sonchifolia imports has significantly changed following new developments; the distribution of Agrilus planipennis has expanded to St Petersburg and GB quarantine pests were intercepted on samples of Polymnia sonchifolia. The measures being notified will extend the existing measures for Agrilus planipennis and take precautionary action against the new threat Polymnia sonchifolia.
A failure to implement the legislation as soon as possible extends the period that Great Britain is exposed to the serious biosecurity threat presented by these pests. For these reasons, the measures will come into force six weeks after it has been laid following the closure of the 60 day comment period. This will limit the period in which specific requirements are not in place, and therefore provide biosecurity assurances for the United Kingdom.