PDO/PGI applications must specify, inter alia, the product name, applicant details, names and addresses of group members, a definition of the geographical area, whether the product is produced, prepared or processed in the area, raw materials used, their sources, a description of how the main characteristics are linked to the geographical area and influenced by its environment, whether the product is protected by national or EU certification schemes, the nominated inspection body. See question 22 above.
[Answer 23: Under PDO/PGI Regulations a product must comply with a specification if it is to benefit from a designation. The specification includes the name of the product; a description of the product including raw materials; organoleptic characteristics; the definition of the geographical area; evidence that the product originates in that area; description of methods of production etc. As Irish whiskey is protected under the Irish Whiskey Act and the EU Spirits Regulation 1576/89, all whiskey produced in Ireland must comply with the whiskey definition of that Regulation. Similarly Irish cream liqueur is protected as a geographical indication and liqueur is defined in the Regulation. Wines availing of such designations must comply with the provisions of Regulation 822/87 as amended.]