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Geographical indications and traditional specialities

Three EU schemes known as PDO (protected designation of origin), PGI (protected geographical indication) and TSG (traditional speciality guaranteed) promote and protect names of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs.

The following EU schemes encourage diverse agricultural production, protect product names from misuse and imitation and help consumers by giving them information concerning the specific character of the products:



  • Protected Designation of Origin - PDO:  covers agricultural products and foodstuffs which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how.
  • Protected Geographical Indication - PGI: covers agricultural products and foodstuffs closely linked to the geographical area. At least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation takes place in the area.
  • Traditional Speciality Guaranteed - TSG:  highlights traditional character, either in the composition or means of production


How can I find out which product names are registered or have been applied for?

  • Consult the DOOR database ("Database Of Origin & Registration") of PDO, PGI and TSG.


How can I find out which product names have been cancelled or have a cancellation on-going?


How can I register a product name?

  1. A group of producers must define the product according to precise specifications.
  2. Application is forwarded:
    • If you are a producer in the EU, you should send your application to your national authority: List of EU national authorities pdf - 181 KB [181 KB] .
    • If you are a producer outside the EU, and if the name of the product is protected in your country, you can send the application directly to the Commission or via your national authority by e-mail.
  3. Guide to Applicants pdf - 270 KB [270 KB] български (bg)čeština (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti keel (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)français (fr)hrvatski (hr)italiano (it)latviešu valoda (lv)lietuvių kalba (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

 Registration procedure


How can I object to a name proposed for registration?

  • If you are a private individual or organisation in the EU, send your objection to your national authority: List of EU national authorities pdf - 181 KB [181 KB]
  • If you are an individual or organisation outside the EU, you can lodge an objection sending itdirectly to the Commission or via your national authority, electronically or by normal mail.


Who is in charge of controls?

  • Authorities/control bodies ensuring the respect of specifications: see the authority/body responsible for each product in DOOR
  • Competent authorities for controls on the marketplace: see the list pdf - 403 KB [403 KB]


Are there any promotion campaigns on PDO, PGI and TSG?

There are private promotion campaigns, some of them co-financed by the EU Commission.


Country files

Belgium pdf - 39 KB [39 KB] - Czech Republic pdf - 42 KB [42 KB] - Denmark pdf - 39 KB [39 KB] - Germany pdf - 42 KB [42 KB] - Greece pdf - 41 KB [41 KB] - Spain pdf - 44 KB [44 KB] - France pdf - 42 KB [42 KB] - Ireland pdf - 40 KB [40 KB] - Italy pdf - 44 KB [44 KB] - Luxembourg pdf - 39 KB [39 KB] - The Netherlands pdf - 38 KB [38 KB] - Austria pdf - 41 KB [41 KB] - Portugal pdf - 43 KB [43 KB] - United Kingdom pdf - 41 KB [41 KB]  - EU 27 pdf - 46 KB [46 KB]


Product group files

Fresh meat pdf - 37 KB [37 KB] - Meat products pdf - 38 KB [38 KB] - Cheeses pdf - 38 KB [38 KB] - Other products of animal origin pdf - 38 KB [38 KB] - Oils and fats pdf - 39 KB [39 KB] - Fruit, vegetables and cereals pdf - 40 KB [40 KB] - Other products of annex I pdf - 39 KB [39 KB] - Beers pdf - 35 KB [35 KB] - Waters pdf - 37 KB [37 KB] - Bread, pastry, confectionery ... pdf - 37 KB [37 KB]