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The Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce is an independent group, drawn from key members of the academic community. It brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to ensure Defra has access to the most up-to-date and robust evidence to inform decisions on dealing with tree and plant disease.
A final report on its strategic view of the evidence addressing all of its aims will be produced in Spring 2013.
Its recommendations are:
Develop a prioritised UK Risk Register for tree health and plant biosecurity
Strengthen biosecurity to reduce risks at the border and within the UK
Appoint a Chief Plant Health Officer to own the UK Risk Register and provide strategic and tactical leadership for managing those risks
Review, simplify and strengthen governance and legislation
Maximise the use of epidemiological intelligence from EU/other regions and work to improve the EU regulations concerned with tree and plant biosecurity
Develop and implement procedures for preparedness and contingency planning to predict, monitor and control the spread of disease
Develop a modern, user-friendly, expert system to provide quick and intelligent access to data about tree health and plant biosecurity