The Seed Potato Classification Scheme (SPCS) ensures the continuing high quality of Scottish Seed Potatoes, by setting strict tolerances for freedom from disease and trueness to type. SASA (Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture) is the Certifying Authority for the SPCS and also carries out a range of scientific activities in support of seed potato classification in Scotland. More information is available on the SASA website.
Implementation of changes to marketing regulations following review of Annexes I and II of Directive 2002/56/EC
The European Commission undertook a review of Annexes I and II of Directive 2002/56/EC on the marketing of seed potatoes. The resulting amending legislation has been published. Changes must be implemented by Member States by 1 January 2016. A consultation paper setting out the options for Stakeholders was issued.
The consultation period closed on 12 January 2015. Following consideration of the responses received, a letter was issued to Stakeholders on the outcome of the consultation.
To take account of the change from a national classification scheme to Union grades, we are proposing amendments to the Seed Potatoes (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2009. A consultation on the proposed changes was issued on 8 September 2015. The consultation closed on 9 October.
The Seed Potatoes (Scotland) Regulations 2015 and the Seed Potatoes (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations came into force on 1 January 2016.