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The Plant Health (Phytophthora ramorum) Order (Northern Ireland) 2003

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Plant passports

9.—(1) The following Articles of the principal Order shall apply in respect of a plant passport required under Articles 5 or 7, as appropriate, that is to say –

(a)Article 12(4), as if –

(i)a phytosanitary certificate had been issued in respect of susceptible material which complied with this Order; and

(ii)reference to “Part A of Schedule 5” of the principal Order were to Article 5 of this Order;

(b)Article 15(1), as if the plant passport were issued in respect of susceptible material; and

(c)Article 15(2) to (8).

(2) For the purposes of carrying out an examination of susceptible material upon its entry to Northern Ireland an inspector may, by notice in writing served on the consignee of any susceptible material which has been or is to be landed in Northern Ireland, specify premises and require the removal of that material to those premises in such manner and within such period as may be specified in the notice.

(3) Movement of susceptible material in compliance with a notice served under paragraph (2) shall not constitute movement requiring a plant passport pursuant to Article 5(a).

(4) Subject to paragraph (6), a person authorised under Article 15 of the principal Order to issue plant passports on behalf of a business is also authorised under this Order to issue plant passports required under this Order on behalf of that business.

(5) A person not authorised pursuant to paragraph (4) may be authorised by the Department, subject to any conditions it sees fit, to issue plant passports required under this Order on behalf of any business, individual or other organisation, if:

(a)the person seeking authority is registered as a producer of susceptible material pursuant to Article 8; and

(b)a satisfactory inspection has been carried out by an inspector of the place of production of susceptible material in respect of which authority is sought, any part thereof or any other premises handling any susceptible material, for the purposes of ascertaining the plant health status of the susceptible material at that place or those premises in relation to Phytophthora ramorum and any plants or plant products there.

(6) Authority conferred upon a person under paragraphs (4) or (5) to issue plant passports required under this Order may be withdrawn by an inspector where the inspector is satisfied that the provisions of this Order in respect of plant passports are not being met by that person.

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