Plant Healthy Certification Scheme


Aims of the Certification Scheme

  • Reduce the risk of introducing / spreading destructive plant pests via plant supply chains (trade).
  • Protect the horticulture industry, other cultivated plants and natural habitats.
  • To easily identify businesses or organisations that grow, trade and manage plants to high standards of plant health and biosecurity


To apply for membership to the Plant Healthy Certification Scheme contact an appointed Certification Body.


Background to the Certification Scheme

To counter the threat from plant pests, Defra’s Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain (2014) proposed the development of certification schemes to improve biosecurity in the UK horticultural sector.

The members of the Plant Health Alliance have produced the Plant Health Management Standard which is focused on UK ornamental and amenity horticultural businesses and organisations, yet can also be adopted by international businesses.

The Plant Health Management Standard - which sets out the requirements to be met by scheme registrants - was developed by specialists from industry, government and the third sector. The Plant Health Alliance are the Governing Body for the Plant Healthy Certification Scheme which is based on the Plant Health Management Standard.

Technical Advisory Group - scheme improvement

A key aspect of a successful scheme is for it to evolve and improve to ensure it remains fit for purpose. Periodic reviews of the Plant Health Management Standard will be carried out by a Technical Advisory Group.

Alistair Yeomans is the Scheme Manager for the Plant Healthy Certification Scheme - for general questions about the scheme please contact Alistair.