New UK Geographical Indication (GI) Schemes
Wales currently has 16 products with European Union Protected Food Name (EUPFN) status. Information regarding the European Protected Food Name Scheme is available here
We actively encourage and support applications from all sub sectors in Wales and work with UK Government and partners to promote this key programme of support to the Welsh food and drink industry.
A new UK Geographical Indication scheme (UKGI) will be established in the UK when the UK leaves the EU. This will include new logos and processes for applying and awarding GI status in the UK. This new scheme will mean that the UK meets the requirements to join the EUPFN scheme as a third country member and fulfil the UK’ s World Trade Organisation (WTO) obligations.
The schemes will have the same names as the current EU GI schemes:
- Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)
- Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
- Traditional Specialties Guaranteed (TSG)
All Existing UK products registered under EU GI schemes will automatically get UK GI status and will remain protected in the UK.
Producers seeking protection for new products will be able to apply to the relevant UK scheme. The schemes will be open to UK, EU and non-EU country producers.
If you are a producer or retailer of an Agri-food GI produced in Wales and registered before the end of the transition period, you will have until 1 January 2024 to adopt the relevant UK logo on any product packaging or marketing materials. Advice and the logos for the new UK geographical indication (GI) schemes, are now available to download on GOV.UK.
Further guidance and support is available to Welsh producers. For more information and all GI related queries contact us at UKGI.Wales@gov.wales