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Council Directive 1999/105/EC on the marketing of forest reproductive material

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This Directive regulates the marketing and the production for marketing purposes of forest reproductive material within the Community. It shall not apply neither to (a) forest reproductive material in the form of planting stock or parts of plants intended for purposes other than forestry, nor to (b) forest reproductive material intended for export or re-export to third countries. Article 2 gives the definition of forest reproductive material, which is classified into the following categories: (i) source-identified; (ii) selected; (iii) qualified; (iv) tested. Forest reproductive material may be placed on the market provided that it has been produced through approved basic material, to be included in the national register of the basic material of the various species drawn up by the Member State concerned as per article 10. If the basic material consists of a genetically modified organism, such material shall be accepted only if it is safe for human health and the environment. To this end, and environment risk assessment shall be previously carried out (art. 5, para. 2). Suppliers of forest reproductive material shall be officially registered (art. 6, para. 4). Further provisions lay down the labelling and packaging requirements to be met by reproductive material and seed units (arts. 14 and 15). Moreover, forest reproductive material shall comply with the relevant plant health conditions laid down in Directive 77/93/EC. Nine Annexes are attached. In particular, Annexes II, III, IV and V lay down the minimum requirements for the approval of the basic material intended for the production of reproductive material to be certified as "source-identified", "selected", "qualified" and "tested" respectively. Annex VI specifies the categories under which reproductive material from the different types of basic material may be marketed.
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Entry into force notes
This Directive came into force on 15 January 2000.
The present Directive repeals Directive 66/404/EEC and Directive 71/161/EEC with effect from 1 January 2003.
Serial Imprint
Official Journal L 11, 15 January 2000, pp. 17-40.
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