The Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) is the competent authority of first instance for the implementation of the following sectoral legislations (pursuant to Section 6 (1) of the Health and Food Safety Act, as amended):
Seeds Act 1997, as amended [LINK] (in German only)
Plant Variety Protection Act 2001, as amended [LINK] (in German only)
The Variety Authorisation Authority shall authorise a variety if it
- proves distinct, uniform and stable in the register verification and
- is assessed as having value for cultivation (except vegetables, turf grasses and components) and
- has been declared as a designation type suitable for registration (pursuant to Section 46 (1) and (2) of the Seed Act).
In new plant varieties, the plant variety protection results in an exclusive right to produce and distribute propagating material and is justified by entry into the Plant Variety Register.