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Amendment of the Oil and Fibre Plant Seeds Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994

5.—(1) The Oil and Fibre Plant Seeds Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994(1) are amended in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) In regulation 3(1) (interpretation)—

(a)after the definition of “the Department” insert—

EEA State” means—

(a)

a State which is a member of the European Communities; and

(b)

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway;;

(b)for the definition of “member State” substitute—

“member State” means, in addition to a State which is a member of the European Communities, any other EEA State and Switzerland;;

(c)for the definition of “official examination” substitute—

“official examination” means—

(a)

in relation to Basic Seed and seed of generations prior to Basic Seed produced in the United Kingdom—

(i)

an examination of the crop in the field and a seed test carried out by or on behalf of the Department or by or on behalf of the Scottish Ministers, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers under provisions equivalent to these Regulations; or

(ii)

an examination of the crop in the field carried out by or on behalf of the Department or by or on behalf of the Scottish Ministers, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers and a seed test carried out under official supervision by an establishment licensed as a seed testing station;

(b)

in relation to Certified Seed, Certified Seed of the First Generation, Certified Seed of the Second Generation, Certified Seed of the Third Generation or Commercial Seed produced in the United Kingdom—

(i)

an examination of the crop in the field and a seed test carried out by or on behalf of the Department or by or on behalf of the Scottish Ministers, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers under provisions equivalent to these Regulations; or

(ii)

an examination of the crop in the field carried out under official supervision by a licensed crop inspector and a seed test carried out under official supervision by an establishment licensed as a seed testing station; and

(c)

in relation to any description of seed produced elsewhere than in the United Kingdom, an examination or a test approved by the Department, the Scottish Ministers, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers;; and

(d)for the definition of “official label” substitute—

“official label” means a label issued or authorised by or on behalf of the Department, the Scottish Ministers, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers;.