Professional Assistance in Phytosanitary and Other Activities - conditions for obtaining the licence

28. 2. 2010 | Source: Ministry of Industry and Trade of The Czech Republic

The present document sets forth conditions for obtaining a licence to pursue professional phytosanitary and other activities related to protecting plant products, and further information on the licence proceedings.

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Conditions for granting a licence

Besides the State Phytosanitary Administration, professional assistance in terms of plant health to individuals or legal entities in growing, processing or marketing plants and plant products may only be provided by individuals and legal entities who:

  1. possess adequate premises, instrumentation and technical equipment for the activity and
  2. have, at their own request, been authorised by the ministry or the State Phytosanitary Administration to carry out the activity
  3. meet the requirements for professional eligibility, independence and impartiality in their particular field,

Professional phytosanitary activities at the ministry and Phytosanitary Administration may be carried out by persons who meet the professional qualification requirement for phytopathologists or who perform professional activities in phytosanitary care and possess adequate qualification from a different field that covers such activities.

Phytopathologists must be:

  1. graduates from accredited Master’s or doctoral study programmes operated by universities providing higher education in the area of agriculture or the natural sciences, with a focus on phytosanitary or plant protection issues, or
  2. graduates of lifelong education programmes operated by universities in the area of agriculture or natural sciences with the focus on phytosanitary or plant protection issues and designed for graduates from accredited study programmes providing higher education in areas and academic disciplines not stated under letter a), or
  3. holders of an academic degree in plant heath or protection.

Persons with a lower degree of educational qualification who

  1. are graduates from accredited Bachelor’s study programmes operated by universities providing higher education in the area of agriculture or natural sciences with a focus on phytosanitary or plant protection issues, or
  2. have a full secondary or higher vocational education in the area of plant health or plant protection, cultivation, horticulture, hop cultivation, forestry or viniculture, may carry out professional activities at the ministry and phytosanitary administration associated with supervising plant health and preparing background documentation for administrative procedures only under the direct supervision and charge of a phytopathologist.

Application requirements

The application must comply with the requirements specified by the Code of Administrative Procedure

The application shall be supported with:

  • proof of professional eligibility
  • document on technical and material equipment (the type of documentary proof provided is left to the discretion of the applicant)

Requirements connected to the provision of services by a provider from a different Member State

Persons meeting the necessary qualification requirement are also those graduates from foreign universities who have obtained a certificate of acknowledgement for their university studies pursuant to Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on higher education institutions, or persons who have obtained their qualification for the professional activity required in another EU Member State as provided for under Act No. 18/2004 Coll.

Further information on licence proceedings

Type of licence Licence

  • administrative decision

Respective authority

  • Ministry of Agriculture / State Phytosanitary Administration

Control and supervisory bodies

  • Ministry of Agriculture / State Phytosanitary Administration

Procedure for granting a licence

  • The Ministry of Agriculture / State Phytosanitary Administration shall assess and approve the request.

Application clearing deadline

  • Within 30 days of submission

Fees

  • No payment obligation specified

Validity period of licence

  • Unlimited term of authorisation

Combined proceedings (recognising qualifications and granting authorisation)

  • yes

Legal Regulation

  • Act No. 326/2004 Coll., on phytosanitary care and amendment of certain related Acts

Professional liability insurance

  • Not required

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