Official Journal of the European Union

L 219/55


of 13 August 2008

amending Directive 2003/91/EC setting out implementing measures for the purposes of Article 7 of Council Directive 2002/55/EC as regards the characteristics to be covered as a minimum by the examination and the minimum conditions for examining certain varieties of vegetable species

(Text with EEA relevance)


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Directive 2002/55/EC of 13 June 2002 on the marketing of vegetable seed (1), and in particular Article 7(2)(a) and (b) thereof,



Commission Directive 2003/91/EC (2) was adopted to ensure that the varieties the Member States include in their national catalogues comply with the guidelines established by the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) as regards the characteristics to be covered as a minimum by the examination and the minimum conditions for examining the varieties, as far as such guidelines had been established. For other varieties the Directive provides that guidelines of the International Union for Protection of new Varieties of Plants (UPOV) are to apply.


The CPVO and UPOV have since issued further guidelines for a number of other species, and have updated existing ones.


Directive 2003/91/EC should therefore be amended accordingly.


The measures provided for in this Directive are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Seeds and Propagating Material for Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry,


Article 1

Annexes I and II to Directive 2003/91/EC are replaced by the text in the Annex to this Directive.

Article 2

For examinations started before 1 November 2008 Member States may apply Directive 2003/91/EC in the version applying before its amendment by this Directive.

Article 3

Member States shall adopt and publish, by 31 October 2008 at the latest, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive. They shall forthwith communicate to the Commission the text of those provisions and a correlation table between those provisions and this Directive.

They shall apply those provisions from 1 November 2008.

When Member States adopt those provisions, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their official publication. Member States shall determine how such reference is to be made.

Article 4

This Directive shall enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Article 5

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 13 August 2008.

For the Commission


Member of the Commission

(1)  OJ L 193, 20.7.2002, p. 33. Directive as last amended by Commission Directive 2006/124/EC (OJ L 339, 6.12.2006, p. 12).

(2)  OJ L 254, 8.10.2003, p. 11. Directive as last amended by Directive 2007/49/EC (OJ L 195, 27.7.2007, p. 33).



List of species referred to in Article 1(2)(a) which are to comply with CPVO test protocols

Scientific name

Common name

CPVO protocol

Allium cepa L. (Cepa group)

Onion and Echalion

TP 46/1 of 14.6.2005

Allium cepa L. (Aggregatum group)


TP 46/1 of 14.6.2005

Allium porrum L.


TP 85/1 of 15.11.2001

Allium sativum L.


TP 162/1 of 25.3.2004

Apium graveolens L.


TP 82/1 of 13.3.2008

Apium graveolens L.


TP 74/1 of 13.3.2008

Asparagus officinalis L.


TP 130/1 of 27.3.2002

Brassica oleracea L.


TP 45/1 of 15.11.2001

Brassica oleracea L.

Sprouting Broccoli or Calabrese

TP 151/2 of 21.3.2007

Brassica oleracea L.

Brussels sprouts

TP 54/2 of 1.12.2005

Brassica oleracea L.


TP 65/1 of 25.3.2004

Brassica oleracea L.

Savoy cabbage, White cabbage and Red cabbage

TP 48/2 of 1.12.2005

Brassica rapa L.

Chinese cabbage

TP 105/1 of 13.3.2008

Capsicum annuum L.

Chilli or Pepper

TP 76/2 of 21.3.2007

Cichorium endivia L.

Curled-leaved endive and Plain-leaved endive

TP 118/2 of 1.12.2005

Cichorium intybus L.

Industrial chicory

TP 172/2 of 1.12.2005

Cichorium intybus L.

Witloof chicory

TP 173/1 of 25.3.2004

Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai


TP 142/1 of 21.3.2007

Cucumis melo L.


TP 104/2 of 21.3.2007

Cucumis sativus L.

Cucumber and Gherkin

TP 61/2 of 13.3.2008

Cucurbita pepo L.

Marrow or Courgette

TP 119/1 of 25.3.2004

Cynara cardunculus L.

Globe artichoke and Cardoon

TP 184/1 of 25.3.2004

Daucus carota L.

Carrot and Fodder carrot

TP 49/3 of 13.3.2008

Foeniculum vulgare Mill.


TP 183/1 of 25.3.2004

Lactuca sativa L.


TP 13/3 of 21.3.2007

Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.


TP 44/3 of 21.3.2007

Petroselinum crispum (Mill.) Nyman ex A. W. Hill


TP 136/1 of 21.3.2007

Phaseolus coccineus L.

Runner bean

TP 9/1 of 21.3.2007

Phaseolus vulgaris L.

Dwarf French bean and Climbing French bean

TP 12/2 of 1.12.2005

Pisum sativum L. (partim)

Wrinkled pea, Round pea and Sugar pea

TP 7/1 of 6.11.2003

Raphanus sativus L.


TP 64/1 of 27.3.2002

Solanum melongena L.

Aubergine or Egg plant

TP 117/1 of 13.3.2008

Spinacia oleracea L.


TP 55/2 of 13.3.2008

Valerianella locusta (L.) Laterr.

Corn salad or Lamb’s lettuce

TP 75/2 of 21.3.2007

Vicia faba L. (partim)

Broad bean

TP Broadbean/1 of 25.3.2004

Zea mays L. (partim)

Sweet corn and Pop corn

TP 2/2 of 15.11.2001

The text of these protocols can be found on the CPVO website (www.cpvo.europa.eu).


List of species referred to in Article 1(2)(b) which are to comply with UPOV test guidelines

Scientific name

Common name

UPOV guideline

Allium fistulosum L.

Japanese bunching onion or Welsh onion

TG/161/3 of 1.4.1998

Allium schoenoprasum L.


TG/198/1 of 9.4.2003

Beta vulgaris L.

Spinach beet or Chard

TG/106/4 of 31.3.2004

Beta vulgaris L.

Beetroot including Cheltenham beet

TG/60/7 of 9.4.2008

Brassica oleracea L.

Curly kale

TG/90/6 of 31.3.2004

Brassica rapa L.


TG/37/10 of 4.4.2001

Cichorium intybus L.

Large-leaved chicory or Italian chicory

TG/154/3 of 18.10.1996

Cucurbita maxima Duchesne


TG/155/4 of 28.3.2007

Raphanus sativus L.

Black radish

TG/63/6 of 24.3.1999

Rheum rhabarbarum L.


TG/62/6 of 24.3.1999

Scorzonera hispanica L.

Scorzonera or Black salsify

TG/116/3 of 21.10.1988

The text of these guidelines can be found on the UPOV web site (www.upov.int).