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Decree Law No. 78/2020

Publication: Republic Diary No. 190/2020, Series I of 2020-09-29
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 78/2020
  • Pages: 3 - 191

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law updates the rules on the production, control and certification of seeds and other plant propagating material, transposing European rules on the matter into Portuguese law.

It also amends the standards for the marketing of potatoes for human consumption and those applicable to the compulsory inspection of equipment for applying plant protection products.

What is going to change? The standards applicable to all plant propagating material intended for trade are updated.

Technical standards for the production, control, certification and marketing of seeds of agricultural and vegetable species, seed potatoes, vine plants, fruit plants and ornamental plants are updated.

The requirements for the labelling, sealing and packaging of fruit plant propagating material intended for fruit production, the colour of the label for certified categories of propagating material and fruit plants and the content of the supplier's document are also amended.

The rules on the inspection of equipment for the application of plant protection products are amended.

The exemption from compulsory inspection which existed for certain types of plant protection product application equipment for professional use is abolished.

The rules on the marketing of potatoes for human consumption are amended by improving the framework for new potatoes and promoting local national production. Administrative simplification The SIGECIPP management system is created to manage the registry and inspection activity of plant protection product application equipment. The CERTIGES platform is also created.

This is the official system for registering and managing the activity of producers and suppliers of ornamental plant propagating material, viticultural material, seed potatoes, fruit and vegetable material and seed producers and packers.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law:

    • By removing the exemption from compulsory technical inspection for certain types of application of plant protection products, it makes it possible to achieve a high level of safety and protection of human health and the environment and ensures better efficiency and effectiveness of plant protection treatments;
    • Promotes local national production of potatoes for human consumption;
    • Ensures greater safeguard of plant quality and health by protecting agricultural and forestry production and the natural environment with a view to greater economic, social and environmental sustainability.
When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 30 September 2020.

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