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Forest Seed and Plant Marketing Regulations - Forest Reproductive Material (FRM)

The Forest Service is responsible for implementing Council Directive 1999/105/EC on the marketing of forest reproductive material.  Forest reproductive material (FRM) is a collective term to describe seeds, plants and cuttings, which are important for forestry purposes.  The aim of the legislation is to ensure that forest reproductive material, which is marketed, is from approved suitable sources and is clearly labeled and identified throughout the entire process from tree seed collection to processing, storage, forest nursery production and delivery to the final forest user. 

The following services are available:

  • Registration of suppliers of forest reproductive material  - seed collectors, nurseries, seed and plant importers and brokers
  • Registration of seed stands with the assistance of COFORD
  • Issuing of Certificates of Provenance for seed collections
  • Advice on forest seed and plant regulations

The Forest Service is also the National Designated Authority in Ireland for the OECD Scheme for the Certification of Forest Reproductive Material Moving in International Trade

The object of the international OECD Scheme is to encourage the production and use of forest seeds, parts of plants and plants that have been collected, transported, processed, raised and distributed in a manner that ensures their trueness to name.  Material covered by the Scheme is intended for use in a variety of forestry purposes.

Forest plants may also be subject to the requirements of the EU Plant Health Directive, Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community.

For further information concerning the above please contact  - Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Agriculture House (3 West), Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 607 2651, Fax: 01 607 2545,
email: frm@agriculture.gov.ie