Foodstuff products which have specific characteristics such as traditional production methods or characteristics attributable to a specific region may be granted the European Union (EU) quality logo.
Foodstuff producers have to join forces as a group and agree on the specifications for their product before applying for one of the EU quality logos: "Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)", "Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)" or "Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG)". In order to register their product, the product specification must be in line with the requirements outlined in the Regulation (EU) No1151/2012.
What is behind the PDO - PGI - TSG foodstuff logos?
The logos guarantee that a particular foodstuff, such as a pasta, a type of sausage or cheese, or beer - or an agricultural product such as wool - come from a specific region and/or follow a particular traditional production process. There is, however, a difference in the extent to which the production process is linked to the particular region:
The Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) logo underlines the strongest link to the territory, requiring that all aspects of production, processing and preparation originate from that region.
Example: Kalamata olive oil PDO is entirely produced in the region of Kalamata in Greece, using olive varieties from that area.
The Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) logo underlines the local know how and the close link between a product and the place or region. For registered products, atleast one of the stages of production, processing or preparation takes place in the region, but for example the ingredients need not necessarily come from that geographical area.
Example: Westfälischer Knochenschinken PGI ham is produced in Westphalia using age-old techniques, but the meat used does not originate exclusively from animals born and reared in that geographical area.
On the other hand, Traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG) is not linked to the territory and focuses the spotlight on tradition:
The Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) logo highlights the traditional production method or composition of a product, handed down from generation to generation, without necessarily being linked to a specific geographical area.
Example: Gueuze TSG is a traditional beer which is obtained by spontaneous fermentation. It is generally produced in and around Brussels.
How to register a product?
- EU producers should send an application using the templates below to the relevant national authority, which will analyse the application and then forward it on to the European Commission.
- Non-EU producers should send an application using the templates below directly to the following address at the European Commission (AGRI-B3@ec.europa.eu) or via the national authority, provided the product is protected in that country.
Guide for Applicants (PDF)
- PDO, PGI - Annex I - Single Document
- TSG - Annex II - Product specification of a Traditional Speciality Guaranteed
- Annex V - Application for approval of an amendment to the product specification of Protected Designations of Origin/Protected Geographical Indications which is not minor
- Annex VI - Application for approval of an amendment to the product specification of Traditional Specialities Guaranteed which is not minor
- Annex VII - Application for approval of a minor amendment
- Template for Notice of Opposition (Optional)
- Annex III - Template for reasoned statement of opposition
How can I find out which product names are registered or have been applied for?
How can I find out which product names have been cancelled or are in the process of being cancelled?
How can I lodge an opposition to a name proposed for registration?
- EU producers should send their reasoned statement of opposition to the relevant national authority: EU national authorities
- Non-EU producers should send their reasoned statement of opposition directly to the European Commission (email@example.com) or via the national authority.
- EU and non EU producers should use the Template for Notice of Opposition