Geographical indications – Ireland
Within Ireland, Under S.I. No.296 of 2015, The Food Industry Development Division within the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine has responsibility for monitoring and protecting geographical indication of agricultural and non-agricultural products.
There are 3 different categories which can be applied for:
- Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) where the product must be produced, processed and prepared in the geographical area and where the quality or characteristics are essentially due to that area.
- Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) where the product must be produced or processed or prepared in the geographical area and where a specific quality reputation or other characteristics are attributable to that area
- Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) where the product must be traditional (25 years/handed down through generations) or established by custom.
In order to apply for one of the above categories, an applicant must submit a 'summary specification' and a 'single document'.
Details on the application process can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) website.
For further information, the team can be contacted directly by email at Geographicalindications@agriculture.gov.ie