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Horticulture and Marketing inspections

Who carries out Horticulture and Marketing Inspections? Flowers

The Horticulture and Marketing Unit, which is a specialist unit within the Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (RPID), has a range of responsibilities relating to both plant health and EC marketing standards. The plant health inspections are carried out by Horticultural Officers, and the Marketing Standards inspections are carried out by Marketing Officers.

What are plant health inspections?

EC legislation sets certain requirements that must be met for the movement of plants into, and within, the EU and measures that must be taken to prevent the spread of harmful organisms. It is the responsibility of the Horticulture Officers to carry out the inspections of horticultural crops to make sure they meet statutory requirements. The horticulture and marketing unit also has voluntary certification schemes for soft fruit and narcissus.

What are Marketing Standards inspections?

Various EC regulations apply to fresh fruit and vegetables at all stages of the marketing chain. These marketing standards must be met at every stage: growers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, importers and exporters. The standards apply to imports and exports as well as products within the EC.

Our inspections are carried out by 3 Marketing Officers in Edinburgh and 3 in Glasgow. We will vary the number of visits that we make to a trader depending on a number of factors such as the size of the trader, their output and their position in the marketing chain.

Where can you find out more?

The various links below go to the legislation which governs plant health.

Rural Payments and Services

  • the latest information from RPID on horticulture inspections
Plant health

The Plant Health web section also carries more information.