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New EU on-line notification Alert-system EUROPHYT-Outbreaks enhances protection against plant pests

The Commission just launched a new web-based system called Europhyt-Outbreaks, which will enhance the level of protection against plant pests. It enables official plant health services of Member States and Switzerland to notify to the Commission and Member States the presence of organisms harmful to plants detected in their territory and of the phytosanitary measures taken to eradicate or avoid their spread. It will further broaden the risk management capacity in the field of plant health, which is a priority objective for DG SANTE, and thereby increase the level of protection of the Union territory against the possible spread of harmful organisms.   EUROPHYT-Outbreaks is based on Commission Implementing Decision 2014/917/EU setting out detailed rules for these notifications. It was designed and developed by the Commission with the support of a number of Member States, Switzerland, the European Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA). It is aimed at supporting Member States in their reporting obligations while ensuring that comprehensive and harmonised data is provided and distributed to all official plant health services within the EU.   

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