The ECAP III Study visit on best practices in the administration of Plant Variety Protection (PVP) in France addressed the need for development in PVP systems in ASEAN

Joining hands with the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), the French authorities in charge of PVP and the GNIS (French Association for Seeds and Seedlings), ECAP III organised a study visit on best practices in the administration of Plant Variety Protection (PVP) in Paris and Angers, France, 24 – 30 October 2010 to increase the awareness on PVP legislation and administration for the benefit of ASEAN countries developing their national PVP systems.

The study visit brought together 6 delegates from Cambodia, Lao and Vietnam (responsible for the development of their national PVP system with a specific focus on PVP administration, PVP’s substantive examination and DUS testing as well . Details relating to a regional plant variety protection office for 27 European members states was presented to the ASEAN delegates by the CPVO. Delegates also benefited from experience sharing by French authorities and organizations invested in the field of PVP such as Ministry of Agriculture – Seed and Plant Health Office, GEVES (variety and seed study croup), SICASOV (French society for plant variety royalty collection) and GNIS (French organisation for seed and seedling)

To access to the programme of the event as well as the list of participants and presentation materials, click here.

Resulting from the study visit, networking between PVP offices on possible exchanges of DUS (Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability) results was discussed. The preparation of a MOU on exchange of DUS results between the Vietnamese PVP Office and the French Plant Variety Office was finalized and the drafting of a similar MOU between and Vietnamese PVP Office and the CPVO was also discussed.

To develop the capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) on the knowledge of plant varieties protection developments and challenges, as well as to be able to perceive fully the importance of PVP development for the ASEAN Region, ECAP III also supported the participation in this study visit of one ASEAN Secretariat Representative.

On 19 May 2011, the MOU between the EU Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) and the Plant Variety Protection Office under Department of Crop Production, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam was signed. As a direct output of the study visit to Europe on best practices and plant variety protection organised by the ECAP III, the MOU sets forth the terms of cooperation between the two institutions in relation to exchanging results of technical examination and plant material for re-examination (if necessary) and oversight of the use of reports on Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS Test reports). The MOU and the Press Release of the MOU signing ceremony are available for downloading here:

    * Memorandum of Understanding between the CPVO and the Plant Variety Office of Vietnam
    * Press Release of the MOU Signing Ceremony