Guidance on plant inspections in event of no-deal Brexit

Defra has updated its guidance (first published in December) on how plant inspections will operate at the Place of First Arrival in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The updated Manual for the approval and operation of Plant Health Inspection Facilities at Place of First Arrival (PoFA) – EU Exit no-deal scenario, published by the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA), provides information on how facilities can become approved as PoFAs by the APHA and/or Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate (PHSI) and how approved facilities must operate, including receiving and storing plant material from non-EU countries in order to prevent the introduction of plant pests and diseases into England and Wales.

Facilities that comply with all the standards and terms and conditions set out in the manual will have a full approval valid for three years. The document can be found on the Defra website at

Photo Caption: New guidance sets out receiving instructions to prevent the spread of notifiable pests and diseases such as the Citrus Longhorned beetle

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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