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Evaluation of the Community Plant Variety Right (CPVR) Regime (2010-2011)


Conference on "EU Plant Variety Rights in the 21st Century", 11 October 2011 in Brussels


Evaluation of the Community Plant Variety Right Regime (2010-2011)

Final Report pdf

Terms of reference pdf of the evaluation and time-table pdf

Why now?

  • The Community Plant Variety Right regime is 15 years old. The agricultural, trade and market environment has changed since 1995.
  • Stimulating innovation and a new entrepreneurial culture for the benefit of the society is now a EU priority.
  • The Commission is stepping up its efforts on ex-post evaluation in policy-making and policy revision.
  • Members of DG Health & Consumers' Advisory group of the food chain, animal and plant health showed a clear interest to review this legislation in 2009.
  • This evaluation will complete the 2008/2009 evaluation of the legislation on marketing seed and plant propagating material, and will complement the evaluation of the Community Plant Variety Office.


The evaluation was carried out by GHK Consulting over 12 months starting in May 2010. It focuses on 3 main questions:

  1. Has the CPVR regime reached its targets - harmonization, incitation to innovation, simplification of the administrative burden for breeders?
  2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current CPVR regime e.g.: benefit for the farmers, including the "agriculture exemption"; for the breeders; for EU citizens and the EU economy?
  3. What are the ways to address future challenges of the CPVR regime in a changing world and to amend it, if necessary?

Inter Service Steering Group

The Inter-Service Steering Group was set up to kick-off the evaluation and check on progress by the evaluator. Members of the group come from across the Commission.

Want to contribute to the evaluation?

Contact GHK.

EU legislation on plant variety rights

EU legislation establishes a system for the protection of plant variety rights. It allows the granting of intellectual property rights for plant varieties valid throughout the EU. The Community Plant Variety Right (CPVR) is a form of intellectual property similar to a patent.

The system is based on:



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