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European Union Notification System for Plant Health Interceptions - EUROPHYT

What is EUROPHYT?

EUROPHYT brings together the words 'European' and 'Phytosanitary' and describes a notification and rapid alert system dealing with Interceptions for plant health reasons of consignments of plants and plant products imported into the EU or being traded within the EU itself. EUROPHYT is established and run by the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission.

With the increase in trade over the last decades, the risk of introducing new pests and diseases has increased. Given favourable weather conditions and a lack of natural enemies, they can spread and lead to environmental damage, destruction of native plant species, substantial economic losses in agricultural production and an increase in the use of pesticides. Therefore measures to prevent their introduction and spread are essential.

EUROPHYT provides an essential support for the implementation of preventative measures by ensuring that the data on risks to plant health from trade in plants and plant products is up-to-date and accurate.

Related links

EUROPHYT - Interceptions Annual Reports

The annual reports present selected statistics and analysis of the interceptions of consignments made by EU Member States and Switzerland for reasons...

EUROPHYT Participants

EUROPHYT was established and is run by the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission and partners.

Interceptions of harmful organisms in imported plants and other objects

Monthly and annual overviews of interceptions made by the EU and Switzerland, of harmful organisms in imported plants and other objects.

The EUROPHYT network

EUROPHYT is a web-based network and database. It connects Plant Health Authorities of the EU Member States and Switzerland, the European Food Safety...