The effects of Brexit on the seed sector and the registration of variants

As a consequence of a potential no-deal Brexit, the United Kingdom will become a third country. For the seed trade, this will have a two-fold significance: After a no-deal Brexit, 

  • Seeds can no longer be imported from the United Kingdom to the EU market. The reason for this is that the EU and the United Kingdom have not concluded a contract by which the seed system of the United Kingdom is recognised to be equivalent to the seed system of the EU, which is a precondition for any imports from third countries.
  • The varieties that are only listed in the EU’s joint catalogue of plant varieties by the United Kingdom and/or only maintained in the United Kingdom will be withdrawn from the EU market.  

Read the Commission no deal notice: (seeds and other plant reproductive propagating material)


Further information:

Tarja Hietaranta, +358 50 344 3748, 
Marja Savonmäki, +358 2 951 622 80,

Page last updated 9/30/2019