The UK has now been recognized as equivalent country!

28 april 2021

The EU has announced end of March 2021 that the United Kingdom (UK) has now been recognized as equivalent country. When a country outside the EU (a so-called ‘third country’) is declared equivalent, this means that the maintenance controls carried out by the authorities of such third countries offer the same guarantees as those carried out by the EU-Member States. This decision concerns agricultural crops and vegetable crops. More precisely it concerns fodder plant seed, cereal seed, beet seed, vegetable seeds and seed of oil and fibre plants.

The equivalence of the UK means that all withdrawn varieties from 6-1-2021 onwards with a UK-maintainer can be notified again for admission in the EU-common catalogue. The Dutch Board for Plant Varieties will carry out this re-listing for all varieties in the Dutch Variety Register (NRR) which qualify for this action. The companies concerned do not need to take action by themselves.

NB: Due to the recognition of equivalence of the UK it is now also possible again to apply for listing in the Netherlands with a maintainer in the UK.

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