UPOV Further Improves PBR Application Tool (EAF)

December 15, 2017

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

  • Multilanguage system

  • Assignment of different roles: drafter, signatory, translator, agent, procedural representative

  • Secure and confidential area

 

DEVELOPMENT IN THE SYSTEM

 

Version 1.1

 

The current version of the EAF which is Version 1.1 was released in July 2017. This version covers:

  • 5 crops

  • 16 participating UPOV members

 

Crops and participating PVP offices:

 

Languages:

  • English

  • French

  • German

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Norwegian

  • Romanian

  • Turkish

 

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

 

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

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:

Members:

  • European Union

  • Bolivia

  • Canada

  • Georgia

  • Japan

  • Mexico

  • Paraguay

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.

 

Additional Languages:

  • Japanese

  • Georgian

 

New functionalities:

  • Automatic translation of UPOV Test guidelines

  • Translation alert

  • Integration of PVP Office disclaimer

  • Addition of logo for PVP office

  • Integration with CPVO system

 

NEXT STEPS

 

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.

 

 

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