Plant Health

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SASA provides the following scientific support on plant health to the Scottish?Government in support of Scottish and EU plant health legislation.?All plant health work is overseen by the Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland (CPHOS).

If you wish to find out more information or contact us about a non-urgent plant health issue, please email Plant Health at SASA. For plant health inspections or urgent enquiries, refer to the section below relating to the Horticulture and Marketing Unit.

Further information on plant health can be found?on the Scottish Government's Plant Health webpages or the website.


SASA provides scientific, technical?and policy advice to the Scottish?Government on:

  • the implementation of plant health legislation;
  • contingency planning for eradication or containment of plant pests or pathogens;
  • risk assessments for plant pests and pathogens moving in or on traded plant material; and
  • all aspects of the technical and scientific services provided (below).

SASA staff also represent the Scottish Government and UK Plant Health Service nationally and internationally on committees, as editors and in consultancy work.


Horticulture and Marketing Unit (HMU)

HMU staff provide technical advice (see above) and undertake inspections to ensure compliance with:

HMU staff also support the implementation of the fruit and vegetable regime in Scotland.

For more information in relation to inspections, or to notify the appearance, or suspected appearance, of a harmful plant pest, please contact HMU.

Pests and pathogen diagnosis and surveillance -

  • Plant pathology - Viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens of plant health concern in Scotland are diagnosed on plants in trade. Surveillance for specific pathogens is also undertaken.
  • Pest identification - Entomological and nematological plant pests are identified in traded plant material, on plant products and on material subject to plant passporting.

Plant health licensing

SASA issues plant health licences on behalf of Scottish Ministers for work with organisms and materials that are normally prohibited under Plant Health legislation.

Plant health research

SASA undertakes research projects in support of plant health functions.

Potato quarantine

SASA runs the Potato Quarantine Unit on behalf of the UK Plant Health Authorities.