Seeds and Plant Propagating Material EU Exit Guidance

last updated:  3/2/2020 

SMARTER RULES FOR SAFER FOODS – SEEDS MARKETING

The new Smarter Rules Safer Food (SRSF) package, is a set of EU regulations for the protection against animal disease and plant pests.  The package will modernise, simplify and improve existing health and safety standards for the agri-food chain.  The reason for you receiving this letter is that your business has been identified as having a specific interest in the trade of seed.

A transitional arrangement is being put in place for seed which are subject to marketing and certification requirements, and therefore you should note  - New plant passport requirements for seed with an Regulated Non Quarantine Pest)(RNQP) will not apply for any seed produced before 14 December 2019.

Scottish Government is working on getting the new requirements in place in time for the new growing season from June 2020.  Depending on the type of seed you trade in, you may need to register your business with the Certifying Authority at SASA.  Specific sector guidance for the registration and authorisation process will follow in the New Year.  In the meantime we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a brief overview of SRSF and an insight to RNQPS and the possible need for Plant Passports.

Further information can be found [here].