Publication scheme

Each government organisation has a publication scheme, which makes information available to the public about how it operates and how it spends its budget.

This is the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) publication scheme, drawn up in line with section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI). The purpose of this publication scheme is to set out:

  • classes of information we commit to publish as a matter of course
  • how this information will be published
  • whether the information is available free of charge or on payment

The publication scheme fulfils the requirements of the Information Commissioner as set out in the model publication scheme for FOI public authorities supported by the Commissioner’s definition document for government departments.

About this publication scheme

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) was launched on 1 October 2014.

It merged the former Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) with parts of the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) to create a single agency responsible for animal, plant and bee health.

AHVLA was originally established on 1 April 2011 by the merger of two former agencies, Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

It is therefore possible that some of the corporate branding of documents referred to in this scheme may be that of APHA or its predecessor organisations.

Unless otherwise specified, in this scheme:

  • the classes of information we commit to publishing under this scheme are published on GOV.UK
  • while the majority of information published by APHA is available free of charge, charges apply in some circumstances. Where there is a charge for information, this is shown in the list of specific publications or on request from the contact for hard copies.
  • the scheme is a guide to information routinely published by, or available from APHA. It includes information on our executive, advisory and promotional duties, and the standards and guidance by which we make decisions.

Information about APHA is available on GOV.UK or email our enquiry service.

Freedom of Information, Open Government and individual rights

APHA is committed to promoting and developing a culture of openness, transparency and accountability embodied in the Access to Information legislation.

Information not covered by our publication scheme may still be available on request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Regulations 2004.

See details on how to make a request for information.

Fees for publications

APHA publications on GOV.UK can be downloaded free of charge.

A single print-out of any of APHA’s publications is available free of charge.

There may be a charge for multiple print-outs, or for archived copies of documents which are not available on GOV.UK. This is to cover the cost of photocopying and postage. We will provide details of costs at the time of your request. Any charge must be paid to APHA in advance.

See contact details for requesting information.

Who we are and what we do

Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance

What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information on projected and actual income and expenditure, tenders, procurement and contracts

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Strategy and performance, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews

How we make decisions

Policy proposals, decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations

  • information on our consultations will be announced on our organisation page on GOV.UK

Our policies and procedures

Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities

Lists and registers

We publish lists and registers of APHA approved premises related to animal health and welfare, and plant and seed information. Examples include:

The services we offer

We publish information on the services we provide and what you need to do to request these services. Where relevant there is also guidance available on legal compliance. Examples include:


This is an indicative list of APHA publications. Previous years may be available on other GOV.UK pages or the National Archives.

Requesting information

We want our publication scheme to meet the needs of our customers and stakeholders.

Any comments or queries on the scheme, or to request information, should be sent to:

ATI Enquiries Manager
Animal and Plant Health Agency
Woodham Lane
New Haw
Surrey, KT15 3NB

Or email:


It is important that our scheme meets your needs. We welcome any questions, comments, suggestions or complaints you may have to help improve the scheme. Please email the enquiry service.

All information (not including logos), in whatever format or medium supplied to you is Crown copyright, unless otherwise stated, and is protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

You are free to use it for your own purposes, including non-commercial research and for reporting news. You must request permission for any other re-use, such as commercial publications.

See details on re-using Crown copyright information.