The first EU guidelines for planning surveys of new and quarantine plant pests have been published in April 2020 by EFSA Plant health panel. Official surveys have been in place in EU Memeber States for two decades based on international standards. “How to organise a national detection survey?” is a question I have been often asked and provided answers.
Global health security depends on the weakest points in the chain of public health, animal health and plant health. All countries of the world need to be at the certain level of preparedness for pandemic outbreaks in these sectors.
Pest is considered to be any species, strain or biotype of plant, animal or pathogenic agent injurious to plants or plant products. New lists of regulated pest and their host plants and other goods are in force for the imports into the EU since 14 December 2019.
The European Union implements the new plant plant health regime on 14 of December 2019. The news affects all proffesional growers, traders, distributors, importers and exporters of plants and other regulated goods, as well as those, who buy plants online or travel internationally.
The most harmful organisms of plants are listed as quarantine pests, which are regulated according to the pathways of their possible introduction into area or country – with their host plants or other goods in international trade.