New organizational structure of the Dutch Plant Protection Service
The Plant Protection Service of the Netherlands is becoming part of the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. In April 2011 the new organizational structure has been launched to finalize a merger between three agencies of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. All three agencies are specialised in official inspections and were part of the former Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The merger should be carried out at the beginning of 2012 and concerns the following three agencies:
- the Plant Protection Service (NPPO of the Netherlands under the IPPC and responsible official body in relation with EU Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products)
- the General Inspection Service (Enforcement agency on food safety, animal welfare and the environment)
- the current Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Inspection agency for the protection of human and animal health)
The merger is foremost targeting improved efficacy and integration of official inspections in all related fields. All current tasks of the Plant Protection Service will be incorporated into the new organisation.
The new website link for the Plant Protection Service of the Netherlands:
NPPO of the Netherlands, 2011-04.