Notes for applicants are guidance notes when applying for Community Plant Variety Rights. They provide answers to legal, administrative and financial questions arising when filing an application.

After filing, additional time may be needed to complete the application (e.g. provide initially missing information and/or transfer the payment to the CPVO bank account).  The novelty checks and DUS tests are carried out only once the application is valid and complete. Therefore, applications should be filed sufficiently in advance to avoid delays to technical examination (meaning being valid/complete by the closing dates displayed in the S2 publication) as well as repercussions on compliance with the novelty requirement.

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Notes for applicants
Consolidated list of Invasive Alien Species and Regulation (EU) 1143/2014
Guidance as to the picture quality
General Guidelines on how to interpret the novelty requirements