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S19-019 Current seed treatment status of actives methiocarb, thiacloprid and metalaxyl-m 01 Nov 2019

AIC continues to press CRD for clarity on the status of sale, supply, storage and use of seed treatments containing the actives methiocarb, thiacloprid, and metalxyl-m.

S19-018 Guidance on the new Plant Health Regulation – in force 14th December 2019 18 Oct 2019

On 14 th December 2019 the new Plant Health Regulation comes into force. It is part of the Smarter Rules for Safer Food (SRSF) package of Regulations, which aim to improve protection against animal disease and pests in the food chain.

S19-017 Applications for winter bean derogation 01 Oct 2019

The certified seed industry will have received the attached letter from APHA about a temporary derogation for winter beans. AIC has applied to APHA for the Commission to be approached on this, due to the issues in germination Members have reported facing in winter bean seed lots.

S19-016 Need for 2019 winter bean seed derogation 25 Sep 2019

AIC has received requests from multiple companies that in order to meet market demand, a derogation be sought for winter bean seed. The germination level requested would provisionally be 70%, as was the case for the 2018 derogation.

S19-015 Need for 2019 winter bean seed derogation 24 Sep 2019

AIC has received requests from multiple companies that in order to meet market demand, a derogation be sought for winter bean seed. The germination level requested would provisionally be 70%, as was the case for the 2018 derogation.

S19-014 AIC Seed Industry Dinner 2019 02 Sep 2019

As communicated earlier in the year ( S19-002 ) the 2019 AIC Seed Industry Dinner will be held at The Balmoral in Edinburgh on Thursday 5 th December.

S19-013 Plant Health Regulation, Plant Passports, and Regulated Non-Quarantine Pests (RNQPs) 29 Aug 2019

The Plant Health Regulation comes into force on 14 th December 2019, however in a No-Deal situation there would not be a requirement to implement it in the UK, if the UK exits the EU on 31st October 2019. It is understood Ministers have not yet decided what action to take on this but a decision is expected in September.

S19-012 APHA update on no-deal scenario for Seed 22 Aug 2019

APHA and Defra today held a conference call updating stakeholders on the situation for seed in the case of no-deal on 31 st October. Fundamentally the situation has not changed, but members are reminded of the following:- Given that the UK has a significant need for imported EU seed, it will be accepted for a 2 year period, but this only applies to seed potatoes for 1 year.

S19-011 BASIS Seed Sellers Course November 2019 12 Aug 2019

Members may be interested to enrol staff in a forthcoming BASIS Seed Sellers course and exam this autumn.

S19-010 AIC reissue Code of Practice on erucic acid testing for certified seed 08 Aug 2019

The long expected reduction in the limit of erucic acid in vegetable was voted through by the Standing Committee on Plants Animals Feed and Food on 27 th June 2019 ( GM19-014 ), and while we still await publication of that decision in the Official Journal and its entry into force, the legislation will be well in place before harvest 2020. It is therefore important that as oilseed rape planting begins growers are as diligent as possible to avoid problems.

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