Initial phase of Plant Health Risk Register published online by agency

The Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) has published the first phase of its Plant Health Risk Register.

It has a searchable database of 668 organisms rated for the likelihood and impact of them becoming established in the UK or spreading further within the UK.

The register's initial focus is on regulated pests, those where actions have been recommended by the European & Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation and others where UK action has been considered, such as following the production of a pest-risk analysis.

Defra held a "Plant Health Stakeholder Summit" in London this week to develop a strategy as part of a process aiming to develop a nationwide policy reacting to the ash dieback crisis of 2012.

FERA published the risk register at the same time and it has five main parts:

- Key features of the pest

- Unmitigated risk ratings

- Current mitigations

- Mitigated risk ratings

- Actions to reduce the residual risk.

Phase two will look at how impacts are measured, the cost and effectiveness of risk reduction and how to address variation in risks over time.

Assistant chief plant health officer Richard McIntosh said: "We will continue to refine it, add more organisms and review ratings as new evidence arises."

For further details, see https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/phiw/riskRegister.


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