Fera Fees for Statutory Services Review
Fera is currently undertaking a review of its statutory services and associated fees for its Plant Health and Seeds Marketing statutory schemes in England and Wales, and for National Listing Plant Breeders' Rights across the UK.
It is the current government policy on charging for such services, to achieve where possible, recovery of the full costs of service provision from those businesses or individuals using the service. The total annual income Fera receives from business users for the statutory services we provide, is currently around 40%, of the cost of provision. Therefore, moving to full cost recovery will result in an increase to fees. To keep the impact of increased fees to a minimum, Fera is committed to engaging with industry to develop our charging regimes and policy to reduce regulatory costs year-on-year, while ensuring the Plant Health security of the UK and provision of services for National Listing, Plant Breeders' Rights and Seeds Marketing.
Over the last few months, Fera has been consulting across industry to gather ideas on how these services are best delivered and on options for achieving full cost recovery for these statutory services. These discussions will continue and will include discussions on cost and responsibility sharing, where together we can review the respective roles of Government and industry and identify how best to work in partnership in these areas.