Objectives of the Plant Protection Directorate

Objectives of the Plant Protection Directorate

Our goals are connected to our mission to serve as the nationa​l public entity responsible for plant protection. 

1.        We inspect, monitor and survey plants and plant material to report and take action on the existence, outbreak or spread of pests and harmful organisms. 

2.         We control the movement of plants and plant materials coming from third countries and within the EU  through systems of notification, licences, authorisations, passports and certifications. 

3.         We provide state registrations and statutory licences to professional operators involved in propagation and trading of plants and plant materials, and to technical advisors with expert knowledge on soil management, integrated pest management and the certification of breed standards, to enable them to conduct their business activities in compliance with the law, and to ensure a level playing field in the market of plant production, and trading. 

4.        We facilitate the export of plants, plant materials, and other commodities from Malta to countries outside the EU by issuing movement certificates in accordance with the law. 

5.          We manage ex situ collections of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, and provide a system for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources. 

6.       We act as a bridge between various key sectors among which are health, conservation, agriculture, education and research with a view to valuing and conserving biodiversity for food and agriculture and promoting its use in support of global food security and sustainable development, for present and future generations. 

7.         We provide information to all our customers and the public on technical matters and national policy in relation to plant health and genetic resources for food and agriculture. 

8.     We simplify citizen’s duties on matters related to plant protection by providing the appropriate mechanisms for them to fulfil their statutory obligations without the burden of unnecessary bureaucracy. 

9.         We serve our customers so that commercial, research, and personal activities do not conflict or impact negatively on the health, quality and genetic integrity of Maltese plants, animals, and other organisms for food and agriculture.