Plant Variety Rights Act 1987 review: Outstanding policy issues

Submissions closed: 05 October 2020, 5pm

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment sought feedback on a discussion document exploring a small number of outstanding policy issues in the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987. These included Treaty of Waitangi compliance issues and operational issues relating to the Plant Variety Rights Office.

The discussion document sought views on the following issues and our preliminary analysis of proposed options:

  • Outstanding policy issues relating to the Treaty of Waitangi compliance provisions. In November 2019, Cabinet noted that there were a small number of issues that will need further consideration. This includes the issues relating to the establishment and operation of the Māori Advisory Committee, definition of indigenous species and non-indigenous species of significance, and the process for considering objections to decisions made by the Māori Advisory Committee.  
  • Operational issues arising from a survey conducted by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand in 2019. This includes the processes around testing/growing trials, confidentiality of information in applications, and access to plant material for comparative purposes.

Your submissions on these issues will feed into the Bill that is currently being drafted. We hope to introduce the Bill by the end of 2020.

Find out more about the review process

Opportunities to engage in person

Thank you to those who engaged with us at our hui and PVR Technical Focus Group meeting to discuss these outstanding policy issues. Notes from the hui and meeting will be made available on the PVR Review webpage in due course.

Last updated: 05 October 2020