APHA: assessments of business impact targets, 2020 to 2021


Certified measures below the de minimis level (measures with an EANDCB below +/- £ 5million) As a result of last year, the fees charged for inspections under the seed potato grading system have remained the same as no fee reviews have yet been ordered. EU regulations, decisions and directives and other international obligations, including the implementation of the draft EU Withdrawal Bill and the EU Withdrawal Agreement Considerable work has been undertaken since the EU left the EU to determine operational requirements and locations to increase the number of border checkpoints to facilitate the continued import and export of animals, plants and derivative products.

In June 2021, an import fee was introduced for the inspection of high priority crop protection products entering Britain. Details on these fees can be found on the UK phytosanitary information portal. In addition, this year there has been no change in phytosanitary fees related to imports from the “rest of the world”.

Certified measures concerning the operability measures of the draft EU withdrawal law APHA also monitored the potential impact on the welfare of pig and poultry production due to CO2 and staff shortages. Pro-competition After reviewing the exclusion category, there is no metric for the reporting period that qualifies for the exclusion. Systemic financial risk After reviewing the exclusion category, there is no metric for the reporting period that qualifies for the exclusion. Civil emergencies The bird flu epidemic recorded a total of 24 cases of both highly and low pathogenic strains in England, Scotland and Wales.

APHA beekeeping teams have responded to outbreaks of European and American foulbrood in honey bees and the destruction of an incursion of an Asian hornet.

Plant health focused on the European spruce bark beetle (Ips typographis) and the UK’s first discovery of Phytophthora pluvialis. Further details can be found at Alert List – UK Plant Health Information Portal.
APHA Science has provided resources and equipment to support the national response to COVID-19 testing.

Fines and penalties Egg marketing and salmonella control: 19 penalty notices totaling £ 12,410 and 13 warning letters issued. APHA referred 372 cases to the Rural Payment Agency (RPA) to consider applying cross-compliance penalties for farmers who have not completed the TB test on time; notification of overdue testing was suspended from January 4, 2021 to July 1, 2021 due to COVID-19.

APHA referred 136 cases to RPA to consider applying cross-compliance penalties for farmers who failed to meet livestock welfare standards.

Defra Investigation Service (SAY) investigated 12 cases and obtained 2 successful prosecutions this year.

Drug abuse After reviewing the exclusion category, there is no metric for the reporting period that qualifies for the exclusion. Certified tenant, resident and occupant safety measures in response to the Grenfell tragedy After reviewing the exclusion category, there is no metric for the reporting period that qualifies for the exclusion. Case work APHA continues to register and inspect a range of establishments and to authorize the movement of animals, the export of animals, animal by-products, plants and plant products. Also control the importation of animals, plants and bees and the trade in bovine and porcine semen and embryos. APHA issues authorizations to transporters for the transport of animals.

APHA allow trade in endangered species and register certain birds kept in captivity.

APHA undertakes surveillance for the presence or spread of diseases / pests of animals, bees and plants and inspects farms and other operations in response to reports of diseases or animal welfare conditions.

Education, communication and promotion Regular publication of guidance for businesses and individuals on trade requirements after the end of the Brexit transition period.

Provided information and advice to poultry farmers on avian influenza via traditional social media and direct messaging – over 2 million emails / SMS.

The communications also highlighted the global impact of APHAcutting-edge science, including work on zoonotic diseases.

Policy development activity Bovine TB policy change – herds in the “high risk area” will switch from an annual test to a routine six-monthly surveillance test for TB. Although this was passed in July 2021, the first of the new biannual TB surveillance tests will not take place until January 2022, when the full impact of this policy change will occur. However, it was flown in Staffordshire and Shropshire. Defra estimated that the additional load would affect around 13,000 herds.

APHA has helped Defra with the development of the ivory law to prohibit the sale of ivory and the introduction of civil sanctions as an enforcement tool to deal with any offense. The ivory law is expected to come into force in 2022.

Changes in the management of the regulator After reviewing the exclusion category, there is no metric for the reporting period that qualifies for the exclusion.

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