Frequently asked questions

This page contains answers to frequently asked questions on quarantine diseases and pests. Organism-specific FAQs are accessible through the links to the left.

1. Are quarantine diseases and pests harmful to people?

Answer: No. In this context, harmful means that the plant disease or insect pest causes considerable financial damage when occurring in plant production, i.e. in the fields, greenhouses or forests. Organisms harmful to plant health are specified in plant health legislation, which divides them into two groups. Pests to be eradicated do not occur permanently in Finland. However, pests to be controlled occur permanently, but the aim is to try and diminish these occurrences. Plant health authorities, i.e. Evira and ELY-centres carry out inspections in order to detect occurrences of pests and organisms harmful to plant health, and issue prevention orders to destroy any occurrences detected.

2. What should I do if I suspect that I have found a harmful plant disease or pest?

Answer: Report the finding as soon as possible to the plant inspector of your region's ELY-centre or Evira office. The inspector will assess the situation, issue instructions and conduct an inspection. If the inspector suspects that the finding is a harmful plant disease or pest, the organism will be taken as a sample for examination at Evira’s laboratory.

3. Where can I find information on harmful plant diseases or pests?

Answer: Information on key organisms harmful to plant health in Finnish plant production and forestry is available on this website. Harmful plant diseases and pests are listed in the Decree by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 17/08, Appendices I and II. The Decree is available on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Moreover, such plant diseases and pests, for whose prevention the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has issued a permit, or for which the European Commission has issued a so-called decision on emergency measures, are organisms harmful to plant health.