A consultation on an application to register the name "Scottish Wild Venison" as a protected geographical indication under the EU quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs

Closed 29 May 2018

Opened 6 Mar 2018

Results Updated 22 Mar 2019

We have examined the application for this proposal to register the name 'Scottish Wild Venison' as a Protected Geographical Indication under the EU Protected Food Name scheme. 

We have carried out a national consultation and are satisfied that all concerns raised have been addressed. There are no outstanding objections relating to this application. The product specification has been amended taking on board comments from those who had a particular interest or concern. 

We are content that the application meets the criteria for the scheme, therefore, we formally handed the application to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to take forward with the European Commission.

The European Commission is in receipt of the application which is currently undergoing their scrutiny. The next step will be for the Commission to publish the application in the Official Journal commencing a three month EU wide consultation – all applications are currently subject to EU consultation as well as national consultation in order to give interested parties outwith the UK an opportunity to oppose.

If no opposition is lodged at EU level then the product name is then entered into the EU register of protected names.  If, however, valid objections are received at this point then the affected Member States have three months in which to resolve the matter bilaterally.  If no acceptable resolution can be reached then the final decision on registering the product is taken by the EU Standing Committee meeting.



Published Responses

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EU regulation 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs provides a system for the protection of products on a geographical or traditional recipe basis. This system is similar to the familiar 'appellation controlee' system used for wine.

If you are a producer of agricultural products and foodstuffs, you can apply to protect the name of your product under EU law.

This means that another producer cannot market their product using that name unless they:

• produce it in the area that has been agreed with the EU; and

• use the methods you have agreed with the EU.

Producers who are not part of the original group applying for protection, but who can show to the satisfaction of a nominated inspection body that their product conforms fully with the registered product specification, may use the registered name.

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Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on an application the Scottish Government has received to register the name “Scottish Wild Venison” as a protected geographical indication.

Before a decision can be made by the Member State, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on whether to forward the application to the European Commission for the next stage of the process, the Scottish Government is required to consult on applications seeking registration of Scottish product names in order to give interested parties within the UK an opportunity to comment on or object to the proposal.

What Happens Next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on the final product specification seeking registration or assist in determining the applications suitability for the scheme and whether it can be forwarded to the European Commission for the next stage of the application process.


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