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Seeds Act 1997 (SaatG 1997).

Type of law
Date of original text

This law outlines regulations regarding the recognition, approval, and standards of seeds in Austria. The law covers a wide range of topics related to seed quality, labeling, packaging, and sampling procedures. It also specifies the responsibilities of individuals and organizations involved in the seed trade. One aspect of the law is the requirement for seeds to meet specific quality standards before they can be marketed. This includes factors such as purity, germination rate, and genetic characteristics. The law also mandates that seeds must be properly labeled, packaged, and sealed to ensure traceability and prevent contamination. The process for seed recognition or approval involves submitting an application, obtaining a certificate, and potentially making modifications based on regulatory requirements. There are also general requirements that all seeds must meet, such as being of suitable quality and properly labeled. Additionally, the law addresses the procedures for seed trade, including the obligations of seed producers, distributors, and authorities. It emphasizes the importance of transparency and accountability in the seed industry to protect consumers and maintain the integrity of the seed market. Finally, the law deals with enforcement, fees, penalties, entry into force and repeal of existing provisions, and transitional and final provisions. The text consists of 80 articles divided into 5 Parts.
Long title of text
Federal Act on recognition of seeds, admission of seeds and the placing on the market of seeds and the admission of plant varieties.
Date of consolidation/reprint
The present Act is consolidated as of 104/2019.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Bundesgesetz ber die Saatgutanerkennung, die Saatgutzulassung und das Inverkehrbringen von Saatgut sowie die Sortenzulassung (Saatgutgesetz 1997 - SaatG 1997).
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