Varietal denominations

Varietal denominations

Varietal denominations

To be registered in the Official Catalogue of Species and Varieties, and to obtain a Plant Variety Right (PVR), a plant variety must have an approved denomination in accordance with the legislation in force.

To propose a variety denomination as part of a national listing application, please fill in the Variety Denomination Proposal Form (Formulaire de proposition de dénomination variétale).

To propose a variety denomination  after filling the national PVR application, please use the INOV Variety Denomination Proposal Form.

To find out the main points of the regulation and the administrative process for a variety denomination, you can read the “Information notice on variety denominations”.

Considering the delays in processing and publishing a denomination (at least four months), it is recommended to anticipate the submission of proposals in order not to postpone the registration/protection of varieties in case of refusal.

To follow the publication of the proposed dénominations, you can consult the INOV Official Gazette.

In case of refusal of a variety denomination, you will be informed by an official letter.

Subscription service for variety denomination tests

In addition to evaluating officially proposed denominations for registration in the official Catalogue of species and varieties or for national plant variety protection, GEVES offers a subscription-based service which consists of testing different denomination proposals at short notice, prior to official registration. The objectives for users of this service are :

  • To increase the probability of acceptance of their official variety denomination proposals,
  • To limit the number of proposals to be made when applying for registration or a PVC,
  • Reduce the time required for official registration of a denomination.

To subscribe, fill the Subscription request form.

Once you have subscribed, to request a test, you need to send the Name Test Request form.


For more information, please contact Ms Céline DELARUE at secretariat of CTPS for applications for registration and Ms Catherine MALATIER  for applications for Plant Bredeers’ Rights.