Plant passport and supplier's document
Plant propagation material for certain plant species requires a plant passport. Plant species which may host quarantine pests and diseases require a plant passport, used primarily whenever plant propagation material is sold for professional, further cultivation purposes. Some plant species require a plant passport when plant propagation material is sold to another company for resale.
A supplier’s document is required whenever plant propagation material is sold for professional further cultivation or to another company for resale. More concise labelling containing information essential for retail customers, is used in retail sales.
Both a plant passport and a supplier’s document are often required. Should this be the case, the labels may be combined into one. If necessary, the information in the plant passport and supplier’s document facilitates the tracing of plant lots found to carry quarantine pests or diseases, preventing these from spreading further.
A ZP Plant Passport used in protected zones
Within the EU, some states and regions are defined as EC Protected Zones, known to be free of certain quarantine pests or diseases. When plant material which may host aforementioned pests or diseases is imported from other parts of the EU, requirements stricter than those usually imposed in the EU apply. As proof of meeting the requirements set for protected zones, plant material which may host aforementioned pests or diseases must have a ZP plant passport (the abbreviation ‘ZP’ refers to protected zone, zona protecta).
Finland is a protected zone with respect to six quarantine pests and diseases: Erwinia amylovora, Bemisia tabaci, Tomato spotted wilt virus TSWV, Beet necrotic yellow vein furovirus BNYVV, Globodera pallida and Leptinotarsa decemlineata.