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Plant Health Management Standard

Plant Health Management Standard 1.1 (released on the 10 May 2021)

Current version - The Plant Health Management Standard is intended to assist businesses and organisations in the development of a consistent plant health management system and their responsibilities within the plant supply chain.

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Plant Healthy Certification Scheme and Xylella fastidiosa

An overview of Xylella fastidiosa, the latest regulations, and how the Plant Health Management Standard takes a systems approach to reduce the risks associated with Xylella fastidiosa.

Ornamental Horticulture Assurance Scheme (OHAS)

OHAS Grower Standard and Plant Healthy scheme alignment - FAQs

Please see the link to a set of frequently asked questions about the alignment of the OHAS Grower Standard and Plant Healthy Certification Scheme.

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Plant Healthy E-Learning Modules

In the International Year of Plant Health 2020, the Plant Health Alliance presents five Plant Healthy training modules. The modules cover a range of subjects fundamental to the management of plant health and biosecurity in the UK. The modules are being launched as a beta version to gather feedback from users to help hone plant health information to improve plant biosecurity in the UK.

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General guidance - horticultural sector

Plant Health for the horticultural sector: key considerations

This guidance aims to help those responsible for growing or handling live plants to follow good biosecurity practice and reduce pest risks from trade pathways.

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Plant Healthy Certification Scheme Rules

Scheme Rules

The Scheme Rules sets the terms and conditions for the administration of the Plant Healthy Certification Scheme. It aims to set high standards of professionalism in the way in which certificated businesses and organisations operate and ensure unbiased and effective evaluation by Certification Bodies. Updated February 2021.

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Plant Healthy Certification Scheme Rules

Plant Healthy Certification Scheme Fees

This document aims to describe all Plant Healthy Certification Scheme costs. This is in line with the open book policy agreed between the Governing Body and the Certification Bodies (CBs).

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Plant Healthy Training Modules

Training Module 1 - Regulations and Controls

What are the different types of international, European, national and regional regulations and controls? What are the different organisations involved in the UK plant health service, what are they responsible for (e.g. policy, inspection, diagnosis and advice) and where are they located?

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Plant Healthy Training Modules

Training Module 2 - Harmful Organisms & Pest Risk Analysis

What is biosecurity and what are harmful organisms? What is pest risk analysis and how do we use it to determine the level of risk an organism poses? Know what the UK plant health risk register is. How do we apply the principles of pest risk analysis to ensure the appropriate level of protection for a business? An overview of the main groups of harmful organisms. What should I do if I suspect a notifiable organism?

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Plant Healthy Training Modules

Training Module 3 - Pathways of Introduction and Spread

Be able to give examples to show that you appreciate the diverse range of pathways of both introduction and spread appreciate the difference between introduction and spread appreciate the difference between natural and human-assisted pathways

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Plant Healthy Training Modules

Training Module 4 - Good Biosecurity Practices

Be able to able identify the main pathways for introduction and spread of harmful organisms Be able to suggest measures to reduce the likelihood of introduction or spread Be able to explain how the plant biosecurity continuum applies to your work Be able to explain how the Plant Health Management Standard relates to your work

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Plant Healthy Training Modules

Training Module 5 - Training and Recognition

Where in the Plant Health Management Standard is Plant Health Responsibility mentioned? Where in the Plant Health Management Standard are training and progression opportunities mentioned? Examples of how plant health responsibility and training operate in the workplace. What is the Royal Society of Biology Plant Health and Biosecurity Competency Framework? How can I develop my competency in Plant Health and Biosecurity further?

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Plant Healthy Training Modules

Plant passporting under the new plant health regulations

EU Plant Passports (PPs): Topics covered: An Introduction to PPs; The Widened Scope of PPs; Authorisation to issue PPs; The Content and Format of a Plant Passport; Attachment of Plant Passports; Auctions and Shows; Our Approach to Non-Compliance; Comms resources

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Plant Healthy - Guidance for Sectors

PHMS Guidance - Landscapers

Guidance for Landscapers - How to apply the Plant Health Management Standard to your business. This is a draft version to assist your business to become Plant Healthy. Any comments or questions about this guidance is welcome - please use the Plant Healthy contact page.

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Plant Healthy - Guidance for Sectors

PHMS Guidance - Gardens

Guidance for Gardens - How to apply the Plant Health Management Standard to a public or private garden. This is a draft version to assist your garden to become Plant Healthy. Any comments or questions about this guidance is welcome - please use the Plant Healthy contact page.

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Plant Healthy - Guidance for Sectors

PHMS Guidance - Garden centres & plant retailers

Guidance for Garden Centres & plant retailers - How to apply the Plant Health Management Standard to your business. This is a draft version to assist your business to become Plant Healthy. Any comments or questions about this guidance is welcome - please use the Plant Healthy contact page.

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Plant Healthy - Guidance for Sectors

PHMS Guidance - Nurseries

Guidance for plant nurseries - How to apply the Plant Health Management Standard to your business. This is a draft version to assist your business to become Plant Healthy. Any comments or questions about this guidance is welcome - please use the Plant Healthy contact page.

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Plant Healthy - Guidance for Sectors

PHMS Guidance - Arboriculture

Guidance for Arboricultural Businesses - How to apply the Plant Health Management Standard to your business. This is a draft version to assist your business to become Plant Healthy. Any comments or questions about this guidance is welcome - please use the Plant Healthy contact page.

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Non Government Organisations

Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation of forests, woods and trees in England

Climate change is having far-reaching impacts on the health of our trees and woods. Forest, woodland and tree owners and managers have always managed risk and uncertainty, but the pace and scale of environmental change experienced over the past 25 years and expected over the next 50 years presents a challenge of an altogether different order of magnitude.

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UK Government

Tree health resilience strategy 2018

This strategy explains how the government will work with others to protect England’s tree population from pest and disease threats.

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Non Government Organisations

Biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants

The Landscape Institute (LI) has published a new technical guidance note to serve as a plant health and biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants.

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Non Government Organisations

UK Sourced and Grown

The Woodland Trust is encouraging forest nurseries to register interest in a voluntary scheme which assures the provenance of native trees.

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Non Government Organisations

Royal Society of Biology – Plant Health Register

Plant health skills and creating opportunities for a wider community of trained plant health professionals

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Non Government Organisations

Arboricultural Association - Application of Biosecurity in Arboriculture

Best practice guidance for Arborists working in any role in arboriculture and environmental sectors.

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Non Government Organisations

Royal Horticultural Society – New pest and disease risks

Information on some of the most serious risks from new pests not established in the UK but which are of particular concern.

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International

International Plant Protection Convention

An international treaty that aims to secure coordinated, effective action to prevent and to control the introduction and spread of pests of plants and plant products.

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UK Government

Plant biosecurity strategy for Great Britain

Overview of the activity that Defra and the devolved administrations are undertaking to improve plant biosecurity.