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Measures for the Administration of Crop Seed Labels and Instructions for Use

Measures for the Administration of Crop Seed Labels and Instructions for Use

(Summary description)Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China 2016 No. 6 The "Administrative Measures for Crop Seed Labeling and Instructions for Use" has been reviewed and approved at the 6th Executive Meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture in 2016, and is hereby promulgated for implementation on January 1, 2017.

Measures for the Administration of Crop Seed Labels and Instructions for Use

(Summary description)Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China


2016 No. 6


The "Administrative Measures for Crop Seed Labeling and Instructions for Use" has been reviewed and approved at the 6th Executive Meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture in 2016, and is hereby promulgated for implementation on January 1, 2017.

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Order of the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China
 
 
2016 No. 6
 
 
The "Administrative Measures for Crop Seed Labeling and Instructions for Use" has been reviewed and approved at the 6th Executive Meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture in 2016, and is hereby promulgated for implementation on January 1, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
                    Minister   Han Changfu
 
 
 
                      July 8, 2016
 
 
 
Crop Seed Labeling and Instructions for Use Management Measures Chapter 1 "General" Rules
 
Article 1 In order to regulate the management of crop seed labels and instructions for use, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of seed producers and users, and ensure seed quality and agricultural production safety, these measures are formulated in accordance with the "Seed Law of the People's Republic of China".
 
Article 2 "Crop seeds sold within the territory of the People's Republic of China shall be accompanied by seed labels and instructions for use.
 
The content marked on the seed label and instructions for use shall be consistent with the seeds sold, comply with the provisions of these Measures, and shall not make false or misleading publicity.
 
Article 3 Seed producers and operators are responsible for the production of seed labels and instructions for use, and are responsible for the authenticity of their labeling content and the quality of seeds.
 
Article 4  The competent agricultural department of the people's government at or above the county level shall be responsible for the supervision and management of crop seed labeling and instructions for use.
 
Chapter 2   Seed Tag
 
Article 5 Seed labels refer to specific patterns and text descriptions printed, pasted, fixed or attached to the surface of seeds and seed packaging.
 
Article 6: The seed label shall indicate the following contents:
 
(1) Crop type, seed type, and variety name;
 
(2) Information on the seed producer and manager, including the name of the seed producer and manager, the seed production and business license number, the address of the registered place and contact information;
 
(3) Quality index and net content;
 
(4) Test date and quality guarantee period;
 
(5) The variety is suitable for planting area and planting season;
 
(6) Number of quarantine certificate;
 
(7) Information code.
 
Article 7 In one of the following circumstances, the seed label shall indicate the following contents in addition to the contents specified in Article 6 of these Measures:
 
(1) The main crop varieties shall be marked with the variety certification number; those with more than two provincial certifications shall be marked with at least the provincial variety certification number where the seed is sold; the introduced major crop varieties shall be marked with the introduction record announcement number;
 
(2) The authorized variety shall be marked with the variety right number;
 
(3) The registered crop varieties shall be marked with the variety registration number;
 
(4) For imported seeds, mark the import approval document number and the name of the importer, registered address and contact information;
 
(5) Seeds treated by the medicine, label the name of the medicine, effective ingredients, content and solutions after human and animal accidental ingestion; according to the toxicity of the medicine, indicate "high toxicity" with a skull mark, "medium toxicity" with a cross bone mark, The words "low toxicity";
 
(6) Genetically modified seeds, marked with the words "transgenic" and the agricultural genetically modified organism safety certificate number;
 
Article 8 The types of crops are clearly defined to the species of plant taxonomy.
 
Seed categories are marked in accordance with conventional species and hybrid species. Types of conventional species are labeled according to the breeder's seed, original species, and field seeds.
 
Article 9: Variety names shall comply with the "Regulations on the Naming of Varieties of Agricultural Plants", and only one variety name can be marked for a variety. The approved or registered variety or the authorized protected variety shall use the approved variety name.
 
Article 10  The name of the seed producer, the number of the seed production and operation license, and the address of the registered place shall be consistent with the contents stated in the crop seed production and operation license; the contact information is telephone or fax, and the network contact information can be added.
 
Article 11 Quality indicators refer to the quality standards promised by the producers and operators, which shall not be lower than the national or industry standards; if national standards or industry standards have not been established, they shall be marked according to the enterprise standards or the quality standards promised by the seed producers and operators.
 
Article 12 Quality indicators are marked in accordance with quality characteristics and characteristic values.
 
The quality characteristics are marked in accordance with the following regulations:
 
(1) Indicating variety purity, clarity, germination rate and water content, except for vegetative propagation materials and seedlings that should not be labeled with indicators such as moisture, germination rate, and clarity;
 
(2) Detoxified propagation materials are labeled according to the purity of the variety, virus status and the number of detoxified propagation generations;
 
(3) If the national standards, industry standards or the Ministry of Agriculture have other quality characteristics requirements for certain crop seeds, they should be added.
 
The characteristic value should be marked with specific values, the purity, clarity, and moisture percentage of the variety should be kept to one decimal place, and the germination rate should be kept in an integer.
 
Article 13 "Net content refers to the actual weight or quantity of seeds, and the marked content consists of the words "Net content", numbers, legal measurement units (kg or g) or quantity units (grains or plants).
 
Article 14  The date of inspection refers to the year and month when the producer and business operator inspected the quality characteristic value. The year and month are completely marked with four and two digits respectively. The following example is used: Inspection date: May 2016.
 
The quality guarantee period refers to the commitment time for seed producers and operators to guarantee the quality characteristic values ​​of seeds under specified storage conditions. The mark is in months, and the longest time from the test date shall not exceed twelve months. The following example is used: the quality assurance period is 6 months.
 
Article 15  The suitable planting area of ​​the variety shall not exceed the area announced by the certification, registration announcement and the introduction and filing announcement of the provincial agricultural authority. Suitable areas for crops other than those approved and registered shall be determined by the producers and operators based on experiments.
 
The planting season refers to the time period suitable for planting, which is determined by the producer and business operator according to the experiment, and should be specific to the day, using the following example: May 1 to May 20.
 
Article 16 The number of the quarantine certificate shall be marked with the number of the quarantine certificate of origin or the number of the plant quarantine certificate.
 
The number of the imported seed quarantine certificate is marked with the number of the quarantine approval form for imported seeds and seedlings.
 
Article 17 The information code is marked with a two-dimensional code, and it shall include the name of the variety, the name of the producer or the importer, the unit identification code, the traceability website and other information. The two-dimensional code format and generation requirements shall be separately formulated by the Ministry of Agriculture.
 
Chapter Three   Instructions for Use
 
Article 18 Instructions for use refer to instructions for the main traits, main cultivation measures, adaptability and other use conditions of seeds, as well as information such as risk reminders and technical services.
 
Article 19 The instructions for use shall include the following contents:
 
(1) Main traits of the variety;
 
(2) Main cultivation measures;
 
(3) Adaptability;
 
(4) Risk warning;
 
(5) Consulting service information.
 
In addition to the content specified in the preceding paragraph, in any of the following circumstances, the corresponding content shall be added:
 
(1) For genetically modified seeds, safety control measures during use shall be reminded;
 
(2) If the instructions for use and the label are printed separately, they shall include the name of the variety and the information of the seed producer and business operator.
 
Article 20 The main traits and main cultivation measures of the variety should truthfully reflect the true status of the variety, and the main content should be consistent with the approval or registration announcement. For the main crop varieties that have passed two or more provincial-level approvals, the labeling content should be consistent with the provincial-level variety approval announcement where the sales place is located; the introduction labeling content should be consistent with the introduction filing information.
 
Article 21 Adaptability refers to the stability, high yield, disease resistance, stress resistance and other characteristics of the variety in different years in the suitable planting area, and the marked value shall not be higher than the content specified in the variety certification and registration announcement . The description of the adaptability of crops other than those that have been approved or registered shall be implemented with reference to the relevant requirements of registered crops.
 
Article 22 The risk reminder includes the reminders and precautions for the variety of risks caused by factors such as seed storage conditions, major diseases and insect pests in the sales area, high and low temperatures, and lodging.
 
Chapter Four   Production Requirements
 
Article 23: The seed label can be printed together with the instructions for use. If the seed label includes all the instructions for use, the instructions for use may not be printed separately.
 
Article 24: For seeds that should be packaged, the label should be printed directly on the surface of the seed packaging. The seeds can be sold without packaging, and the label can be printed as a printed matter to be pasted, fixed or attached to the seed, or it can be made into a printed matter to be provided to the seed user when the seed is sold.
 
Article 25: Except for registered trademarks, the marked text shall use the current standardized Chinese characters published by the National Language Commission. The font height of the marked words, symbols, and numbers shall not be less than 1.8 mm. For the Chinese pinyin or foreign language marked at the same time, the font should be less than or equal to the corresponding Chinese character font. The information code must not be less than 2 square centimeters.
 
The variety name should be placed in a prominent position, and the font size should not be smaller than the other words on the label.
 
Article 26: The printed content should be clear, eye-catching, long-lasting, and easy to identify and read. The marked font, background and background color should form a clear contrast with the base and be easy to identify; warning signs and instructions should be eye-catching, among which "high poison" is printed in red font.
 
Article 27 "The quarantine certificate number, test date, and quality guarantee period may be printed by spray printing, embossing, etc.
 
Article 28 Crop species and seed category, variety name, variety certification or registration number, net content, seed producer name, seed production and operation license number, registration address and contact information, "genetically modified" words, warning signs Such information should be marked on the same page.
 
Article 29   The printed matter specified in Article 24 of these Measures shall be rectangular, and the length and width shall not be less than 11 cm × 7 cm. The printed materials should have sufficient strength to ensure that they are not easily damaged or the writing becomes blurred or peeled off.
 
Article 30  The imported seeds shall be attached with Chinese labels and instructions in compliance with the provisions of these Measures in addition to the original labels, using the Chinese name and English name of the variety approved in the import (export) approval form, and the producer and manager.
 
Chapter 5   Supervision and Management
 
Article 31: Where there are no special provisions in laws and administrative regulations, seed labels and instructions for use must not contain the following contents:
 
(1) Adding modified words before and after the variety name;
 
(2) The names of entities other than the names of seed producers and importers;
 
(3) Descriptions that do not comply with the advertising law, trademark law and other laws and regulations;
 
(4) Use the certification mark without certification;
 
(5) Other information with exaggerated propaganda, misleading or false words, patterns and other information.
 
Article 32: If the label lacks the name of the variety, it shall be deemed that there is no seed label.
 
If the instruction for use lacks the main traits, adaptability or risk warning of the variety, it shall be deemed that there is no instruction for use.
 
If the content of the label is modified or supplemented by cutting, pasting, etc., it shall be investigated and punished according to the altered label.
 
Article 33  The competent agricultural department of the people's government at or above the county level shall strengthen supervision and inspection, and if the seed label and instructions for use are found to be inconsistent with the provisions of these Measures, it shall be punished in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Seed Law of the People's Republic of China.
 
Chapter 6 Attached Rules
 
Article 34 These Measures shall come into force on January 1, 2017. The "Administrative Measures for Crop Seed Labeling" (Order No. 49 of the Ministry of Agriculture) promulgated by the Ministry of Agriculture on February 26, 2001 shall be repealed at the same time.

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