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National Listing

National Listing is a legal requirement for new varieties of the main agricultural and vegetable species which seeks to ensure that no new variety can be marketed unless it is genuinely new and, for agricultural crops, an improvement on varieties already being sold.

A general information guide to National Listing is available. However, for full compliance with National List procedures you should always refer to the appropriate Regulations.

UK National Lists are lists of varieties of the main agricultural and vegetable species which are eligible for certification and marketing in the UK. Details of the National Lists are published in the Plant Varieties and Seeds Gazette. To be added to a National List, a variety must be distinct, sufficiently uniform and stable (DUS) and, for agricultural crops, have satisfactory value for cultivation and use (VCU). There are additional criteria for genetically modified varieties and for material intended for use as a novel food or food ingredient as defined in EU Council Regulation 258/97. You should refer to the above guide for more information.

DUS tests and VCU trials are carried out by various National Test Centres on behalf of National Authorities over, on average, a two year period. Results are forwarded to the National List and Seeds Committee (NLSC) for recommendation. Further information about DUS Tests and VCU Trials can be found here. Periodically guidance and advice is issued in NL/PBR Information Letters.

The Agriculture Departments in the UK publish the definitive UK National Lists of Varieties of Agricultural and Vegetable Plant Species in the biannual Plant Varieties and Seeds Gazette - Special Edition. Amendments to the National Lists are published in the monthly edition of the PVS Gazette.

Conservation Varieties

Agricultural

An Agricultural Conservation Variety is defined as a landrace or plant variety that is naturally adapted to local and regional conditions and is threatened by genetic erosion.

From 30 June 2009 it has been possible to list Agricultural Conservation Varieties. The following guidelines are to assist in making applications for National Listing of Conservation Varieties of agricultural species in accordance with Commission Directive 2008/62/EC and The Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) Regulations 2001 as amended by The Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) (Amendment) Regulations 2009. They should be read with the general guidelines for National List applications.

Vegetable

A Vegetable Conservation Variety is defined as a landrace or plant variety which has been traditionally grown in particular localities or regions and is threatened by genetic erosion.

From 1 April 2011 it has been possible to make applications for National Listing of Vegetable Conservation Varieties in accordance with Commission Directive 2009/145/EC and The Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) Regulations 2001 as amended by The Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.

These guidelines should be read with the general guidelines for National List applications.

Amateur Vegetable Varieties

An Amateur Vegetable Variety is defined as a plant variety developed for growing under particular conditions with no intrinsic value for commercial crop production. In practice, this means varieties intended specifically for amateur gardeners.

From 1 April 2011 it has been possible to make applications for National Listing of Amateur Vegetable Varieties in accordance with Commission Directive 2009/145/EC and The Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) Regulations 2001 as amended by The Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.

These guidelines should be read with the general guidelines for National List applications.

Variety Denominations

The rules for naming plant varieties can be found in Commission Regulation (EC) No. 637/2009 (Official Journal (L 191) published 23 July 2009.