EU Code of Conduct on Agricultural Data Sharing by Contractual Agreement

This Code of Conduct was jointly developed in 2018 by CEETTAR, CEJA, CEMA, COPA-COGECA, ECPA, EFFAB, ESA, FEFAC and Fertilizers Europe and endorsed by AnimalhealthEurope and CLIMMAR in 2019. The Code promotes the benefits of sharing data and enables agri-business models, including agri-cooperatives and other agri-businesses, to swiftly move into an era of digitally enhanced farming.

The Code sheds greater light on contractual relations and provides guidance on the use of agricultural data, particularly the rights to access and use the data. It recognises the need to grant the data originator (the one who has created/collected the data either by technical means or by himself or who has commissioned data providers for this purpose) a leading role in controlling the access to and use of data from their business and to benefit from sharing the data with any partner that wishes to use their data.

The signatories of the Code believe that access to accurate agricultural data is vital to develop digital farming enabling farmers and cooperatives to produce more using less resources. In order to fully reap the benefits of digital farming, sharing data between different partners in the agro-food chain must be conducted in a fair and transparent way.