The Federal Plant Variety Office represents German interests regarding variety and seed matters in various international committees. As a member of the Administrative Council of the CPVO it contributes to long-term and strategic decisions on Community Plant Breeders’ Rights. It also participates in negotiations in the relevant EU management committees and thus contributes to developing and harmonising legal provisions in the field of plant varieties and seeds. In addition, the Federal Plant Variety Office is involved in various UPOV committees, which relate to further developing the existing Plant Breeders´ Rights system.
Just as important for the international seed trade are the agreed methods of seed propagation and certification on the basis of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Seed Schemes. In the OECD Seed Schemes, the Federal Plant Variety Office contributes to developing existing seed certification schemes for the plant species which relate to the particular schemes.
For seed potatoes, the Standard developed by the seed potato expert group of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) serves as an international reference point for seed potato certification. The Federal Plant Variety Office contributes to the further development of the UNECE Standard.
In addition, it supports non-member countries in establishing and developing plant variety and seed schemes within the context of BMEL cooperation projects. Over the past years, the Federal Plant Variety Office has been particularly active in introducing and integrating East and South-East Asian countries into EU legal systems, as well as individual countries in Africa and Asia.
You can access further information on the international institutions and organisations at the websites listed below.