Organic Rules and Certification

Seed and plant material, origin - DE Bioland 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Seed and plant material, origin - DE Bioland 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Organic plant propagation material must be used if available. For perennial crops vegetative propagation material from BIOLAND certified origin must be preferred. In case of unavailability and with the approval of BIOLAND, plant propagation material of conventional origin can be used. Conventional seedlings for perennials must pass the conversion period in a separated place before being sold with reference to BIOLAND. After August 2006 only organic plant propagation material shall be used. (Bioland production standards, 3.6.2 Organically Produced Seeds and Plant Materials; Bioland production standards, 3.6.5 Young Plants for Perennial Crops; Bioland production standards, 5.8.4 Seedlings)


The Bioland standard is similar but slightly more restrictive in the requirement to use Bioland material with preference and in expressing the intention not to use conventional material after 2006. According to the EU Regulation 2092/91 conventional seeds can be used after approval if no variety of the requested quality is available in a country, according to the national data base. The handling of BIOLAND certified material is not regulated.


To ensure organic quality throughout the whole production chain and in order to stimulate the development of the organic seed production sector. The date is derived from the date of revision of the EU seeds regulation. A complete prohibition of conventional seeds after 2006 however is unlikely.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > A.Plant and plant products > Seeds and seedlings - see Art. 6a
Rules of production and preparation - Art.6

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Crop production > Seed production /Seedlings
Country/Standard: Europe > Germany > Bioland
Principles:Principle of health
ID Code:615
Deposited On:16 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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