based on information from Hélène Jourdan, Meilland International
UPOV’s electronic PBR Application Tool (EAF) was launched on the UPOV website in its first Version 1.0 on January 9, 2017, with Version 1.1 following in July 2017. This initial launch and the response by breeders was discussed at UPOV in Geneva on October 27, 2017. While online application numbers are currently low, UPOV is planning a number of additions and upgrades to this tool with Version 2.0, which will be launched in January 2018 as PRISMA and will include additional UPOV member countries, languages and crops.
BACKGROUND AND KEY BENEFITS of EAF:
The electronic application form is an online PBR application tool which features the following characteristics:
Transmission of the PBR application data to other participating authorities in the required format (hard copy, email notification, system to system)
Easy and controlled access to the variety data which can be re-used in subsequent applications
Assignment of different roles: drafter, signatory, translator, agent, procedural representative
Secure and confidential area
DEVELOPMENT IN THE SYSTEM
The current version of the EAF which is Version 1.1 was released in July 2017. This version covers:
Crops and participating PVP offices:
Payment and fee:
The fee of transmission is 150 CHF to be paid by bank transfer.
STATUS OF THE USE OF THE EAF BY OCTOBER 2017:
10 entities registered in the EAF
8 applications submitted
3 species concerned: Lettuce, Apple and Potato
UPOV members: Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland
Version 2.0 – January 2018
The official name of the EAF becomes PRISMA (Plant variety data Routing Information System using Multilingual Application forms)
Expansion to more:
increasing the total number of participating UPOV members to 23.
Crops and species:
Among these 23 UPOV members, 11 will cover all crops and species. To find out which crop is covered, a search by botanical name / UPOV code will be available.
Automatic translation of UPOV Test guidelines
Integration of PVP Office disclaimer
Addition of logo for PVP office
Integration with CPVO system
A final test campaign is currently being run for the Version 2.0 of the program. The official launch of this version is scheduled for January 2018.
There are no fees foreseen for the use of PRISMA in 2018, inter alia because of financial contributions made by the International Seed Federation (ISF) and CIOPORA.
CIOPORA will announce the launch of Version 2.0 when it is open to the public.