Important legal notice 

The information on this site is subject to a Personal Data Protection Notice, a Disclaimer and a Copyright Notice.

Personal Data Protection

The CPVO is committed to user privacy. 

Policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) No 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC.

Although you can browse through the CPVO Web Sites without giving any information about yourself, in some cases personal information is required in order to provide the e-services you request. Web Sites that require such information treat it according to the policy described in the Regulation mentioned above and provide information about the use of your data in their specific privacy policy statements. 

In this respect: 

  • For each specific e-service, a controller determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data and ensures conformity of the specific e-service with the privacy policy; 
  • The CPVO Data Protection Officer ensures that the provisions of the Regulation are applied and advises controllers on fulfilling their obligations (see Article 26 of the Regulation); 
  • The European Data Protection Supervisor will act as an independent supervisory authority (see Articles 52 to 56 of the Regulation). 

The CPVO Web Site provides links to third-party sites. Since we do not control them, we encourage you to review their privacy policies.

How do we treat e-mails you send us? 

In this web site there are several e-mail addresses which activate your e-mail software and invite you to send your comments to a specific mailbox. 

When you send such a message, your personal data is collected only to the extent necessary to reply. 

If you have any questions about the processing of your e-mail and related personal data, do not hesitate to include them in your message. 

Data Protection Register of the CPVO

The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) has a publicly accessible centralised Register of Records of the personal data processing activities carried out within the remit of the CPVO, in conformity with Article 31(5) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725.

The records in the Data Protection Register of the CPVO contain the information required as per Article 31(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725. To ensure that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date, the Register is being regularly reviewed and the records internally validated by the concerned CPVO Data Controllers.

For further information or for addressing any query concerning the CPVO register, please contact directly the CPVO Data Protection Officer (DPO) (dpo [at] cpvo [dot] europa [dot] eu) or the concerned Data Protection Coordinator (DPC) (dpc [at] cpvo [dot] europa [dot] eu).


The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) maintains this server to enhance public access to information about its activities. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them.

However the Community Plant Variety Office accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the material on this site. This material is :

  • Information of a general nature only, which is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity ;
  • Not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date ;
  • Sometimes linked to external sites over which the CPVO services have no control and for which the CPVO assumes no responsibility ;
  • Not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that a document available online exactly reproduces an officially adopted text, so that only the European Union legislation published in the paper editions of the Official Journal of the European Communities and texts published in the Official Gazette of the Community Plant Variety Office are authentic.

It is our goal to minimise disruption caused by technical errors. However some data or information on our site may have been created or structured in files or formats which are not error-free and we cannot guarantee that our service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. The Community Plant Variety Office accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using this site or any linked external sites.

This disclaimer is not intended to contravene any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude liability for matters which may not be excluded under that law.

Copyright Notice

© CPVO, 2001

The Community Plant Variety Office maintains this server to enhance public access to information about its activities.

Reproduction is authorised, except for commercial purposes, provided that their source and non-authentic character are acknowledged and that it is mentioned that they have been provided free of charge.

CPVO Online information does not necessarily engage the responsibility of either the European Institutions or the Community Plant Variety Office. While our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate, we cannot guarantee either. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them.

Video-surveillance Security Notice

For your safety and security, the Community Plant Variety office premises are under video-surveillance and images are recorded. 

The Community Plant Variety Office processes your images in accordance with the Council Regulation No 2018/1725 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies (OJ L 295/39, 21.11.2018).

For more information regarding the use of personal data by the Community Plant Variety Office, please check the on line notice of video-surveillance and the EDPS Video-Surveillance Guidelines attached aside.

For further information please contact the Data Protection Officer (dpo [at] cpvo [dot] europa [dot] eu) or the controller (moran [at] cpvo [dot] europa [dot] eu).

Which cookies are used on our website?

Cookies are small text files sent by a website server and stored on your device (such as a computer, table or phone).

When you visit our website, we use cookies for web session management and authentication and also for web browser security. The cookies are also implemented to ensure a proper technical functioning of the website, and they help us store user preferences and track usage trends on an aggregated basis. For this reason, we may collect some data on your browsing experience, such as your IP address, browser type, language and screen size, the page you visited, the time and date of the visit and the website page you were redirected from.

This information is used to gather aggregated and anonymous statistics with a view to improving our services and your user experience. None of the cookies require your consent. The collection, aggregation and anonymisation of this data are performed in the data centre of the CPVO under adequate security measures.

Our website also complies with the ‘Do Not Track’ option. If you enable the DNT option in your web browser, we will respect your choice and your browsing experience on our website will not be tracked for our anonymised statistics. Instructions on how to activate this option can be found below:
Internet Explorer

Track JS LLC

In our software we use TrackJS Service (The “Service”) operated by TrackJS, LLC (or “TrackJS”),

Track JS is a an error tracking service for web application. While tracking errors in our software we store the browser, obfuscated IP address and operating system on which the error occured.
Our legitimate interest to use TrackJS is to prevent errors displayed to our users in the software.

For more information, please see TrackJS’s privacy policy.

Data Protection Register of Records
Data Protection Notice
Online data protection notice
Privacy Statement on Events
Privacy Statement on Public Access
Privacy Statement - CPVO Online Application System
CPVO Register of processing operations
CPVO implementing rules
Video surveillance guidelines