Plant Safety

European plant health policy is one of the major policy dossiers for Europatat. The association is supporting the free trade of seed and ware potatoes with respect of the plant health legislation, which intends to prevent or eradicate the presence of a number of harmful organisms such as Ralstonia, Clavibacter, Synchitrium, Globodera, Colorado beetle and others.


Plant Health: final straight

Regulation 2016/2031/EU on protective measures against pests of plants will come into force on 14 December 2019. In the meantime, many Implementing and Delegated acts of high relevance for the potato sector have been and will be adopted to provide the practical details of the new rules. A number of implementing and delegated have been already published in the past months, notably:

  • High risk plants, plant products and other objects;
  • Update of Annexes I to V of Directive 2000/29: Protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community.
  • Criteria to be fulfilled by authorised operators to issue plant passports

Official Controls: priority to import controls

Regulation 2017/625/EU on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protec- tion products, entered into force on 27 April 2017. The rules will be gradually phased in, to give EU countries and industry the time to adapt. For the majority of the rules the application date is 14 December 2019.

In the coming months Europatat, in coordination with its members, will accentuate its actions on these dossiers to defend the interest of the sector, through the monitoring of all new developments, as well as by proving direct input to the European Commis- sion in bilateral as well as public meetings (particularly DG SANTE’s Advisory Group on the Food Chain on Plant Health), or in written via official consultations.

Read more in our 2019-2019 Activity Report.

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