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Apply for approval of a new plant variety


In Germany, the Bundessortenamt (BSA) is responsible for the approval and testing of plant varieties.

If you want your breeding result to be approved as a variety, you must apply to the BSA. The BSA first carries out a register examination. In general, varieties must be

  • homogeneous in themselves,
  • be distinguishable from existing varieties and
  • be stable.

In the case of agricultural plant species, the so-called "land cultural value" of the registered variety is also determined in the course of a value test.
A variety has a land cultural value if, in the totality of its value-determining characteristics, it can be expected to bring about a clear improvement for plant cultivation, the utilization of the harvested crop or the utilization of products obtained from the harvested crop compared to the approved comparable varieties. Individual unfavorable characteristics may be compensated by other favorable characteristics.

Value testing requires at least 2 years of test cultivation for most species, and 3 years for cereals, winter oilseed rape and forage crops. Depending on the plant species, the tests are set up at 10 to 20 locations of the BSA, the states, the growers' companies, as well as other institutions.

After completion of the register and value test, a variety committee (3 members) of the BSA decides whether the variety will be granted variety approval and included in the variety list.

Once approval has been granted in Germany, the variety is included in the Community Catalogue of Varieties and is thus approved throughout the European Union.

  • The variety is accepted if it is distinct, uniform and stable and is designated by a registerable variety denomination.
  • In the case of agricultural plant species, there must also be a land cultural value.
  • Application with technical questionnaire
  • power of attorney, if a person representing the proceedings or an authorized person is appointed
  • if applicable, proof that the variety has fulfilled the requirements of land cultural value in another Contracting State and has been entered in a register corresponding to the list of varieties

Deadlines for application per plant species are published on the BSA website.

2 months to 5 years

Depending on the plant species and process type.

  • Appeal

For more information on how to file an appeal, see the notice.

  • Administrative court action

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes

You can submit your application for variety approval to the BSA online, by mail, or by fax.


  • Go to the BSA's website and complete the application form.
  • To be able to use the forms, you will need
    • Your breeder number (assigned once at the time of application and published in the Plant Variety Bulletin) and
    • a password (will be issued upon request).
  • Submit the application online.

By mail or by fax:

  • Alternatively, you can print the forms after filling them out, sign them, and mail or fax them to the Bundessortenamt.

If you lack technical information to use the application forms, please contact the Variety Administration in Unit 104 directly.

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Start your request directly online:

Bundessortenamt (BSA)
Osterfelddamm 80
30627 Hannover
+49 511 9566-50
+49 511 9566-9600

Office hours:

Monday 09:00 - 15:00

Tuesday 09:00 - 15:00

Wednesday 09:00 - 15:00

Thursday 09:00 - 15:00

Friday 09:00 - 14:00