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12th August 2014

News from Defra

Information for BBKA members - Defra confirms name of new agency

In May this year Defra announced its plans to form a new combined agency to ensure Government is better equipped to prevent the spread of diseases in animals and plants, and to respond to emergencies. The new agency will be known as the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

The work of the inspectorate function of the National Bee Unit, the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate, the GM Inspectorate and the Plant Variety and Seeds group will migrate from Fera and join AHVLA to form the new agency on 1 October 2014.

Animal, plant health and bee inspectors have a strong history of working together in times of disease emergency, and this will be made easier when they are part of the same organisation. The Animal and Plant Health Agency will also play a vital role in stopping pests, diseases, and invasive non-native species entering the UK.

Chris Hadkiss will be Chief Executive of the Animal and Plant Health Agency. He is currently Chief Executive of AHVLA with responsibility for animal health and welfare delivery.

Plant and bee health research and diagnostic services will continue to be delivered by Fera and the agencies will continue their close working relationship.