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DOOR: Database of Origin and Registration


The Database of Origin & Registration (DOOR) project supports the agricultural product quality policy by providing a modern IT system for the dissemination of public data with regard to registered PDOs (Protected Designations of Origin), PGIs (Protected Geographical Indications) and TSG (Traditional Specialities Guaranteed) through Europa. 

Last update: September 2007

In particular, the following information should be provided for each Protected Designation of Origin /Protected Geographical Indication : 

  • Denomination (in original language only)
  • Type of product 
  • Member State of origin
  • Product specification (original language only)
  • Summary in all official languages
  • Dates of application and registration
  • Name and contact details of the responsible authority

It should also concern all registered Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSGs).

The Database of Origin & Registration should provide data concerning all pending applications for Protected Designations of Origin /Protected Geographical Indications /Traditional Specialities Guaranteed, distinguishing applications which have not yet received first publication and those which have already been published.

Technical Functionalities & Approach 
Potential Beneficiaries
The role of IDABC
Key Data
This project will support the agricultural product quality policy by providing a modern IT system that will facilitate the management of Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs), Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs ) and Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSG ) (and that will allow to fulfil a legal obligation under Regulation 2081/92 and Regulation 2082/92) in terms of:
  • Member State Submission and follow-up of applications to the Commission
  • Follow-up of Commission Internal Procedures
  • Communication between Member States and the Commission
  • Dissemination to the public of information on registered denominations.

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Technical Functionalities & Approach

  • The database should make it possible to search the register of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI ) according to different criteria (e.g. all PDOs/PGIs sorted by category of product, by Member State of origin etc.).
  • Links should be included to
    • the Official Journal for the first publication
    • the Official Journal for the second publication
    • the relevant Member State website
    • the website of the responsible authority
    • the websites of titleholders.
  • The Database of Origin & Registration should make it possible for Member States authorities to modify non instrumental data (e.g. addresses and inspection bodies).

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Potential Beneficiaries

  • Benefits for the sector
    • The public and producers will have easy access to all the essential information on registered Protected Designations of Origin and Protected Geographical Indications. Therefore, the database would reduce the high number of requests for information and access to documents currently addressed to the competent Unit. Given the average number of pages of each product specification (20) and some requests asking simultaneously for more specifications, the current system requires disproportionate amount of time and resources to satisfy such repetitive requests.
    • The Unit will be consulted in a more selective and efficient way.
    • Workload on Commission services will be reduced, by letting Member State authorities introduce non-instrumental data. 
  • Benefits for national Member States administrations
    • Member States will gain easy, quick access to all essential information on other Member States denominations registered at Community level.
    • A comprehensive overview of all specifications' products will be available, helping Member States' responsible departments to better understand the appropriate way a specification should be drawn up to meet Community requirements.
    • The number of citizens' requests for info and access to documents addressed to the responsible departments will be minimised.
  • Benefits for citizens / enterprises
    • Consumers will gain easy access to a huge amount of reliable information on registered Protected Designations of Origin and Protected Geographical Indications, thus contributing to meeting the growing interest for quality products.
    • Potential producers of Protected Designations of Origin and Protected Geographical Indications will gain instant, free access to specifications of registered denominations, enabling them to better evaluate possible production opportunities and requirements.
  • Benefits for other entities
    • Useful tool for academic institutions and research centres active in the field of Agriculture, as well as in Intellectual Property (Protected Designations of Origin and Protected Geographical Indications intellectual property rights).
    • Reliable and accurate source of information for lawyers and consultants acting on behalf of producers in disputes related to the protection of the rights attached to registered Protected Designations of Origin and Protected Geographical Indications.
    • The database will allow Third Countries to obtain easily information on the Community system of protection of geographical indications (R. 2081/92 also provides for the listing of geographical indications related to areas located outside the Community).

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The role of IDABC

The "extranet" part of the application will be hosted under the Directorate-General Agriculture & Rural Development application Portal (AWAI), which is accessible through secure network TESTA .

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Key Data

Project start date
Project completion date
Project status
Indicative budget
€ 404.939
Service in charge
Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development - Unit F4 (Agricultural products Quality Policy )
Responsible action manager
Countries involved
All EU member states
Public websites

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  • Council Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92 of 14 July 1992, (OJ L 208 24.07.1992)
  • Council Regulation (EEC) No 2082/92 of 14 July 1992 (OJ L 208, 24.7.1992, p. 9)
  • Official Journal of the European Communities - L 181/25 - 2004/387/EC 
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