Publication scheme

This Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) publication scheme shows the information available to the public about how APHA operates and explains how to access that information.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) requires us to tell members of the public where they can find information that is routinely made available.

Our publication scheme fulfils the requirements of the Information Commissioner as set out in the Model Publication Scheme.

We publish the majority of APHA’s information on this website (GOV.UK), and specific documents can be found using the publication search.

If the information you want is not routinely published, you can make a request for it under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act or Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). See details on how to make a request for information and APHA’s contacts.

Fees for publications

You can download APHA publications from GOV.UK free of charge.

You can also request a single print-out of any of APHA’s publications 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’ll provide details of costs at the time of your request. You must pay any charge to APHA in advance.

Who we are and what we do

We publish organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance including:

What we spend and how we spend it

We publish financial information on projected and actual income and expenditure, tenders, procurement and contracts including:

What our priorities are and how we are doing

We publish strategy and performance, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews including our science strategy

How we make decisions

We publish policy proposals, decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations on our policy papers and consultations.

Our policies and procedures

We publish current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities on our policy papers and consultations including:

Lists and registers

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

The services we offer

We publish information on 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:


You can find many APHA publications on our corporate publications and on our research and statistics including:

You can find further publications on the and open data including FOI or EIR information requests – (statistics).

You can also find previous year’s publications on other GOV.UK pages or The National Archives website.

Request information

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

If you’ve a comment or query on the scheme, or want to request information, send to:

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

Or email:

The information supplied to you is protected by Crown Copyright and the content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated.

For information about the OGL and about re-using Crown Copyright information please see The National Archives website.