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Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)
Federal Research Centre
for Cultivated Plants

Head
Dr. Bernhard Schäfer

Address
Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig, Germany

Office
Ms Simone Wittke
Tel: +49 (0)531 299-3371
Fax: +49 (0)531 299-3007
E-mail: ag@  julius-kuehn.  de

Address
Stahnsdorfer Damm 81
14532 Kleinmachnow, Germany
Fax: +49 (0)33203 48-385

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National information and contact point

Phytosanitary regulations and measures in the EU Member States are based on the harmonized regulations of the EU-Quarantine Directive 2000/29/EC. This Directive is regularly updated and secures that comparable phytosanitary measures are conducted in all EU-Member States. The Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture allocated the diverse functions of the central national authority for information and coordination defined in Article 1 (4) of the EU-Quarantine Directive 2000/29/EC to the Institute for Plant Health.

Central national authority for information and coordination

We intensively cooperate with the Plant Protection Services of the 16 Federal States in respect of technical questions on the organization and conduction of phytosanitary regulations. We support the uniform conduction of import and export controls as well as monitoring and control measures in Germany by providing a harmonized basis for action or official guidelines (e.g. compendium on phytosanitary inspections, guidelines on the control of certain plant pests). The Plant Protection Services in Germany take them into account as guidance for the application of measures according to the Plant Inspection Order. Furthermore we seek agreement with the Plant Protection Services of the Federal States on the German position represented in international committees.

Our Portal "Plant Health" provides comprehensive information for the public, enterprises and the Plant Protection Services in Germany and abroad on import regulations of Germany, the EU and other states, about harmful plant pests as well as the national organization of plant health in Germany.

Early warning system

The early warning system EUROPHYT in the Member States of the EU was established on the basis of the EU Quarantine Directive and informs the responsible EU authorities of possible risks of new or already regulated plant pests. Thus, the sources for an infestation can easier be detected and countermeasures can be taken in time. The basis for the system are the notifications of the Plant Protection Services on new or already regulated plant pests which have been found on consignments or in plant crops. The notifications of the Plant Protection Services are recorded in an online database. The Institute for National and International Plant Health validates the notifications and forwards them to the EU Commission and the Member States.