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UK: 'medium risk group' phytocertificate requirement soon to be included

The UK has indicated that from 31-1-2024, the "medium risk group" will become subject to phytocertification. The "high-risk group" already is and must already have a phytocertificate. Currently, it is not clear which products fall into this group. Clarification on this has been sought in the UK.

So, this list may need to be expanded in the near future. The following products are expected to fall into the "medium risk group":

Cut foliage and cut flowers (EU origin)

  • Ornamental branches of conifers Conifers (Pinales). A Christmas tree without a root ball is an ornamental branch. Ornamental branches of conifers taller than 3 meters are already subject to phytocertification, and those smaller than 3 meters will become so by 31-1-2024.
  • Live parts, such as cut flowers and ornamental branches, of Prunus, Solanum lycopersicum, Solanum melongena, and Zea mays.
  • Cut flowers of Orchidaceae, Chrysanthemum (syn. Dendranthema), Dianthus (including Dianthus barbatus (Millennial)), Gypsophila, and Solidago.

Aquatic plants
Cryptocoryne, Hygrophila, Vallisneria.

Prunus, Rubus, Zea mays.

Fruit and vegetables
For fruit and vegetables, we see inconsistencies. Clarification has been sought from the UK on this. The expectation is that most fall into the "low-risk group" and are not subject to phytocertification. However, we cannot yet give a definite answer to this. Ware potatoes, Ullucus tuberosus, and Momordica are in the "high-risk group" and do require a phytosanitary certificate.

The current situation can be found on the page Export plants, vegetables, fruit, plant products (NL).

As the "medium risk group" becomes phytocertified, this leads to an increase in the number of inspections. To limit the increase in the number of inspections at the inspection services, the Company Inspection System has been set up where approved companies are allowed to carry out these phytosanitary inspections themselves with the help of their own staff trained as authorized phytosanitary officers.

More information can be found on the page Exporting cut flowers, vegetables, and fruit to the UK - recognition company control system (NL).

Source: NVWA

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