Plant and animal health to be overseen by single government agency

Four of Defra's Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) inspectorates will be integrated into a new Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) from October.

Fera's Sand Hutton, North Yorkshire headquarters - image:Defra
Fera's Sand Hutton, North Yorkshire headquarters - image:Defra

The new agency will bring together the functions of the current Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) as well as Fera's Bee inspectorate, Plants Health and Seeds Inspectorate, Plant Variety and Seeds Group and GM Inspectorate.

The current AHVLA chief executive Chris Hadkiss has been appointed chief executive of the combined agency.

Environment Minister Lord de Mauley said: "Bringing together animal and plant health inspection functions in the Animal and Plant Health Agency makes very good sense.

"It will enable joined up working on plant and animal diseases and pests, and will increase our resilience and flexibility to respond to emergencies."


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