Seeds

 

The marketing of seeds is regulated in the EEA and for most agricultural and vegetable species only seeds that have been certified may be sold.

Seed certification has been introduced in the EEA in order to ensure the quality of seeds placed on the market. Detailed requirements must be complied with before seed can be certified; in particular, seed must be sufficiently pure and healthy, and correctly labelled. 

In certain circumstances, where there is a supply shortage, the EFTA States may be allowed to authorise, for a limited period of time, the marketing of seed which does not meet the requirements set out in the legislation. The Authority publishes on its website the conditions under which the marketing of such seed is authorised, including the quantities permitted and the time periods authorised.

Set out below are the current conditions under which the marketing of seeds which do not satisfy minimum germination requirements is authorised in accordance with Commission Regulation (EC) No 217/2006:

Request by Iceland dated 10 April 2018:

Species: oat (Avena sativa L.)
Type of variety: Haga
Maximum quantity: 12 tonnes
Minimum germination: 80%
Expiry date of exemption: 30 June 2018 

Request by Iceland dated 1 March 2018:

Species: oat (Avena sativa L.)

Type of variety: Belinda, Akseli, Cilla
Maximum quantity: 150 tonnes
Minimum germination: 80%
Expiry date of exemption: 30 June 2018

Species: barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

Type of variety: Aukusti, Brage, Elmeri, Tiril, Judit, Jalmari, Wolmari, Filippa, Kría
Maximum quantity: 450 tonnes
Minimum germination: 80% 
Expiry date of the authorisation: 30 June 2018

Requests by Norway dated 29 December 2017:

Species: oat (Avena sativa L.)

Type of Variety: Ringsaker, Odal, Haga, Belinda, Vinger, Gunhild, Våler
Maximum quantity: 2000 tonnes (early varieties: 800 tonnes; late varieties: 1200 tonnes)
Minimum germination: 80% 
Expiry date of the authorisation: 30 June 2018

Species: wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

Type of variety: Bjarne, Krabat, Mirakel, Zebra
Maximum quantity: 2200 tonnes (early varieties: 700 tonnes; late varieties: 1500 tonnes)
Minimum germination: 80% 
Expiry date of the authorisation: 30 June 2018

Species: barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

Type of variety: Brage, Arild, Heder, Rødhette, Salome, Marigold, Thermus, Fairytale
Maximum quantity: 1536 tonnes (early varieties: 900 tonnes; late varieties: 636 tonnes)
Minimum germination: 80% 
Expiry date of the authorisation: 30 June 2018

The European Commission publishes similar information for the EU Member States on its website.




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