DG Health and Consumers
- Current languageen
- Legislation on GMO cultivation
- Authorisation procedure
- EU Register of authorised GMOs
- Monitoring after authorisation
- Trans-boundary movement
- Contained use
- New breeding techniques
- Evaluation of GMO cultivation
- Reports & studies
Seed & propagation material
- EU rules
- EU marketing requirements
- Conservation varieties
- EU legislation
- Review of EU rules
- Equivalence requirements for non-EU countries
- Plant variety catalogues & databases
- Plant genetic resources
- Plant health - Biosafety
- Plant property rights
- Standing commitees
The EU has established a system that grants intellectual property rights to new plant varieties called Community plant variety right (CPVR). It is similar to a patent and once given, is valid throughout the EU.
It is in line with TRIPS/WTO agreements and the UPOV convention (International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants).
The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) in Angers (France) implements the system.
By applying to the CPVO, breeders receive a single intellectual property right valid throughout the EU.
The CPVO is financially independent from EU institutions. It adopts decisions on plant variety protection titles which are legally binding for third parties.