Plant Health Licensing

SASA issues plant health licences on behalf of Scottish Ministers

 for the following activities in Scotland:

  • work with non-indigenous and quarantine plant pests and pathogens;
  • for work on certain imported soils and plant material;
  • for potato quarantine testing.

Licences are issued following inspection of premises and assessment of the risks associated with the activities, in accordance with EC legislation. Particular attention is given to the containment procedures to be used when handling the licensed material and its disposal on completion of the work.  Please see the guidance notes or email Plant Health Licensing for further information.

Download the application form for soil, plant material and prohibited organisms and send the completed form to:

The Plant Health Licensing Officer
Roddinglaw Road
EH12 9FJ

For potato quarantine testing see the Potato Quarantine page or download the PQU Licence Application form.

The Scottish Government issues plant health licences for collection of wild plant material. Contact for further information.

For information on imports of plants and plant material, see the Plant Health Guide for Importers on the Scottish Government website.

SASA also provides advice to the Scottish Government in support of legislation on the contained use of genetically modified organisms.