The Phytosanitary Conditions (Amendment) Regulations 2022
Jurisdiction: Great Britain
Commencement: 2nd March 2022
Amends: GB Retained: Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 establishing uniform conditions for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 as regards protective measures against pests of plants.
The GB Retained: Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 establishing uniform conditions for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 as regards protective measures against pests of plants lists the different pests of plants and is supplementary to Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 on protective measures against pests of plants, which is known as the ‘EU Plant Health Regulation’. This is because this Regulation establishes a number of annexes that the EU Plant Health Regulation refers to that list relevant plant pests, measures needed to reduce the risk of those pests, and plants that are prohibited from entering the EU.
The EU Plant Health Regulation was brought into force in order to revise and improve current EU plant health legislation and implement uniform rules across all EU Member States. It continues to implement controls and restrictions which apply to the import from third countries (countries which are not EU Member States), and the internal movement within and between EU Member States, of certain plants, plant pests and other material (such as soil) to help reduce biosecurity risk, strengthen the current plant health regime, and protect the environment from the spread of harmful pests and diseases.
The protective measures against the introduction of the plant pests Polygraphus proximus and Scolytus morawitzi Semenov (bark beetles known to attack fir, pine, spruce, larch and hemlock trees) from Russia in Great Britain (GB), are updated.
Additionally, the import and movement requirements for Thaumetopoea processionea (oak moth) from all third countries are updated in Annexes VII and VIII. Updates are also made to the import requirements for:
- Bemisia abaci (silverleaf whitefly);
- Liriomyza huidobrensis and Liriomyza tifolii (leaf miners);
- Cronartium spp (rust fungus); and
- Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm).
The measures against Aonidiella orientalise (oriental yellow scale insect) and Diaporthe caulivora (fungal plant pathogen), which no longer pose a risk to GB’s biosecurity, are removed.
Finally, the GB quarantine pest* list is revised to include:
- Eotetranychus sexmaculatus (six-spotted spider mite);
- Platypus apicalis, Agrilus horn and Chrysobothris femorata (wood boring beetles);
- Lycorma delicatula (spotted laternfly);
- Diaporthe phaseolorum var. sojae (plant pathogenic** fungus);
- Pseudomonas avellanae (plant pathogenic bacterium);
- Meloidogyne arenaria, Meloidogyne enterolobii, Meloidogyne javanica and Xiphinema index (plant parasitic worms); and
- Chilli veinal mottle virus (plant pathogenic virus).
*Quarantine pests are plant pests which are not known to exist in GB and which would be damaging if introduced.
**Pathogenic refers to a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism causing disease.
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