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To contact us by email please use one of the following links (to help us allocate your enquiry to the right team):

You can also contact us by calling our Helpline: 03459 33 55 77. The Helpline is open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm (find out about call charges at

Online service helpdesks

You should contact the relevant helpdesk if you have problems with enrollment, password recovery or logging into the following services:

Name Contact Number Email
Animal Movements Licensing System 0345 053 0067
APHA service desk 0208 026 1092
BCMS helpline (CTS Online) 0345 050 1234
BCMS helpline for cattle keepers in Wales 0345 050 3456
ETAS support 0345 6073224, open 9am - 4pm
Gangmaster Licensing Abuse Authority (GLAA) 0345 602 5020
MERMAN (Marine Environment Monitoring and Assessment National database) +44 (0)151 795 4955
PEACH enquiries helpdesk 0345 6073224, open 8:30am - 5pm
Plant Health Service 0190 440 5138
Seed Certification 0122 334 2319
Published 30 May 2017
Last updated 13 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added a new section to cover our online services.
  2. We've changed our contact arrangements to amended email addresses.
  3. First published.