Unless there is a no deal Brexit, the HTA advises that businesses involved in trading plants will be affected by new regulations coming into force on 14 December.
These regulations are the EU Official Controls Regulation 2017/625 and the EU Plant Health Regulation 2016/2031.
The scope of the plant passport system will be widened; therefore a greater range of plants and plant products will require a plant passport. Businesses involved in selling to other businesses, may need to be authorised to issue plant passports and need to register with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to enable them to do so.
At the moment APHA and Defra are working through what these changes will mean for businesses, and are reviewing the processes of registration and authorisation to take into account the changes brought in by the new regulations.
The UK will adopt EU legislation, and the HTA is working with Defra and other organisations to ensure the detail is communicated to all businesses in advance of the legislation being brought into force.
For more detail see https://hta.org.uk/news/plant-passports-be-ready.html?_cldee=Z2JAZ2FyZGVuZm9ydW0uY28udWs%3d&recipientid=contact-af5227309454e411940a005056b0463e-5c47e8ca6eb94061861773fdf8b14f69&esid=f05391e5-4fb8-e911-94ec-005056b0463e.