The move was approved by the European standing committee on plant health earlier this year and has since passed through the relevant processes of the European Commission before being published, and therefore coming into effect, on 7 July.
It will see Acer imports from China temporarily banned in a bid to give Chinese authorities a chance to "make the appropriate adjustments" to their plant protection measures, according to Richard McIntosh of the Food & Environment Research Agency's (FERA) plant health policy unit.
The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) country consultation on draft international standards for phytosanitary measures has also now been published on the International Phytosanitary Portal. Member countries have until the end of September to submit comments to the IPPC secretariat.
The FERA plant health policy team has called on all interested parties to submit comments for consideration as the UK's position is prepared for discussion with other member states. Comments should be submitted by the end of August.
According to a FERA statement, the key points include integrated measures for managing pest risks associated with international trade of plants for planting, submission of new treatments for inclusion in ISPM No 15, irradiation treatment for Ceratitis capitata (annex to ISPM 28), diagnostic protocol for plum pox virus and systems approaches for pest risk management of fruit flies.
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