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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.

S19-009 Update on methiocarb, metalaxy-M and thiacloprid 22 Jul 2019

At the Phytopharmaceutical SCOPAFF meeting on 16 th -17 th July seed treatment actives methiocarb, metalaxyl-M and thiacloprid were discussed.

S19-008 ESA becomes Euroseeds 17 Jul 2019

AIC has been a long term member of the European Seeds Association, which has now changed its name from ESA to Euroseeds. The new website is available at

S19-007 James (Jim) Harley 16 Apr 2019

We were saddened to hear of the death, on 12 th April of Jim Harley of Harley Seeds, Milnathort.

S19-006 Pre-Basic and Basic Seed Crops and official inspection 29 Mar 2019

APHA has today issued the attached seed certification information, relating to Pre-Basic and Basic seed crops in 2019.

S19-005 BASIS Seed Sellers course 26 Mar 2019

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

S19-004 Communication from Defra on Brexit and seed marketing 08 Mar 2019

As Members know from previous briefings ( S18-014 and S18-015 ) in a no-deal Brexit it will not be possible to market UK certified material in the EU. Defra have made an application to the EU for recognition of the UK as being equivalent to the EU however the Commission have stated they will not consider this application before the ongoing withdrawal negotiations have been completed.