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The Marketing of Fruit Plant and Propagating Material Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

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4.—(1) Registration of a variety is valid—

(a)in the case of a genetically modified variety, for the period for which the genetically modified organism of which the variety consists is authorised for cultivation pursuant to Directive 2001/18/EC or Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003;

(b)in any other case until the end of the 30th calendar year from the date of registration.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraphs (3) and (4), the department may, on the basis of a written application, renew the registration of a variety for a further period of 30 years provided—

(a)the requirements of distinctness, uniformity and stability are still satisfied in respect of the variety;

(b)there is still material of that variety available.

(3) In the case of a genetically modified variety, registration may only be renewed for the period for which the genetically modified organism concerned continues to be authorised for the cultivation pursuant to Directive 2001/18/EC or Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003.

(4) The Department may renew the registration in the absence of a written application where satisfied renewal serves to preserve genetic diversity and sustainable production.

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