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Brexit Update – Protected Geographical Indications and Origins

Protected Geographical Indications and Origins – Important information for producers and retailers!

The UK, when it leaves the EU at the end of the transition period, will no longer be covered by the EU protected Geographical Indications and origins.

This form of protection provides producers or retailers of food, drink and agricultural produce with protected name status if the produce has a known quality, specific characteristics or a reputation attributable to a specific geographical region. Melton Mowbray pies, Cornish Pasties, Arbroath Smokies and Scotch Whisky are famous UK examples and Champagne, Prosecco, Parma Ham and Parmesan Cheese from EU countries all rely on this type of protection to prevent third parties in different geographical areas referring to their produce in the same manner.

The UK did not have its own independent scheme while part of the EU and UK producers therefore relied upon the protection given under the EU scheme. The UK Government had pledged to create its own scheme and in an update on 28 October 2020 from the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, we now have further details of the scheme.

New UK schemes

The UK scheme will use the following designations of:-

  • Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)
  • Protected Geographical Indication (PDI)
  • Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG)

The schemes will be open to producers in the UK and in other countries and, crucially, all existing UK products registered under the EU’s GI schemes by the end of the transition period of 31 December 2020 will remain protected under the UK GI Schemes.

Take action

From 1 January 2021, all producers will need to apply to the UK scheme to seek to protect a new PDO/PDI/TSG in the UK and UK producers will have to apply to the UK scheme before extending protection to the EU or overseas.

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For more information, please contact Eleanor Coates:

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