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OECD Seed Schemes: Rules and Regulations

 

This page contains the 2018 edition of the Rules and Regulations of the OECD Seed Schemes. Changes approved at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the OECD Seed Schemes are included in this edition.

The 2018 edition reflects the following amendments to the Rules:

  • Amendment to Annex IV to the Decision, i.e. the List of Participants in One or Several OECD Seed Schemes, to update the list of participating countries to reflect the admission of Zambia;
  • amendment to Appendix 3 of Annex XI to the Decision i.e. the list of Countries Eligible for Certification of Maize Seed, to update the list of participating countries to reflect the admission of Zambia;
  • Amendment to Appendix 3 of Annex XII to the Decision i.e. the list of Countries Eligible for Certification of Sorghum Seed, to update the list of participating countries to reflect the admission of Zambia;
  • Amendment to Appendix 3 of Annex IX to the Decision i.e. the list of Countries Eligible for Certification of Sugar Beet and Fodder Beet Seed, to update the list of participating countries to reflect the extension of the participation of Ukraine;
  • Amendment to Appendix 2 of Annex VI to the Decision i.e. the list Grass and Legume Species Eligible for the Scheme, to update the list of species to reflect the admission of Trifolium isthmocarpum;
  • Amendment to Appendix 2 of Annex X to the Decision i.e. the list Subterranean Clover and Similar Species Eligible for the Scheme, to update the list of species to reflect the admission of Melilotus siculus;
  • Amendment to Common Appendix 3.4.2 of the Rules and Regulations of the OECD Seed Schemes on non-official additional information on the label, simplifying the specifications;
  • Amendments to Appendix 1 of Annex XII to the Decision on Varietal Certification of Sorghum Seed, to reflect in Rule 2.1 the adoption of additional specific isolation distances for Sorghum bicolor and its hybrids, and to apply the same isolation distances to all Sorghum species including their hybrids. The latter amendment results notably in removing the -2017 edition- Rule 7 on isolation distances of hybrid varieties of Sorghum. The 2017 edition Rules 8 onwards of Appendix 1 of the Sorghum Seed Scheme have been renumbered accordingly; and
  • Amendments to Appendix 1 of Annex VIII to the Decision on Varietal Certification of Cereal Seed to reflect in a new Rule 4 the introduction of a species purity standards for Buckwheat and in Rules 2.1 and 7.4 (formerly 6.4) the introduction of isolation distances and purity standards for Buckwheat. The Rules following the new Rule 4 in Appendix 1 of the Cereal Seed Scheme have been renumbered accordingly.

On 17 November 2017 the Committee for Agriculture approved the technical amendments to the OECD Seed Schemes by the written procedure [TAD/CA(2017)17].

On 22 December 2017 the Council adopted the non-technical amendments to the OECD Seed Schemes by the written procedure [C(2017)143] 

A hard copy of the 2018 edition of the Rules and Regulations of the OECD Seed Schemes can be requested from the Secretariat.

 

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