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Telephone number:

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Board for Plant Varieties

Visiting address:

Sotaweg 22, 2371 GD Roelofarendsveen, The Netherlands


Postal address:

P.O. Box 14, 2370 AA Roelofarendsveen, The Netherlands


Bankaccount: IBAN: NL82RABO0300017057

About the Board

The main duties and powers of the Board for Plant Varieties under the law:

• Granting National Plant breeders' Rights
• Registering of varieties and forest stands in the National Plant Variety Register (agricultural, forestry and vegetable species)
• Designation of maintainers (agricultural- and vegetable species)
• Establishment of denominations

The Board for Plant Varieties is an Autonomous Public Authority (APA). The Board is the only authority in the Netherlands responsible for Plant Breeders' Rights and registering of plant varieties and forest stands in the National Plant Variety Register. The board is supported by the Plant Variety Office, which is part of Naktuinbouw.

  • Granting for National Plant Breeders' Rights

    One of the main tasks of the board is to grant of a National Plant Breeders' Rights. This particular form of intellectual property protection for breeders of new plant varieties exist in the Netherlands since 1942 . In 1961 the plant variety was settled in (UPOV Convention). An international treaty under this treaty are connected Member States are required to set up in accordance with the provisions of this Convention. Their national CPV system Netherlands has ratified this Convention and is therefore bound by the treaty. Partly to implement the Convention are the criteria for granting of a breeder by and pursuant to the Seeds and Planting Materials Act 2005 regulated. Should include research in the field or in the greenhouse show that the object of the intended protection is a breed that is distinct (Distinct, D), homogeneous  uniform, U) and resistant (Stable, S). This examination takes, depending on the nature of the specie, from 1 to 3 years. In special cases, the duration of the investigation may be longer.

  • Listing of varieties and forestry

    Under the regulations of the European Union of agricultural and vegetable material only from approved varieties may be marketed. Called preservers of the approved varieties should also be recorded. A maintainer is a person or company who/that this variety maintains its original capacity.
    Also applies to the marketing of propagating material of forest trees for forestry reproductive material must be accepted or stands.  

    The acceptance of varieties and stands is left to the Member States. In the Netherlands this is done under the "Seeds and Planting Materials Act 2005' by the Board for plant varieties.

  • Designation of maintainers

    One is maintainer of a variety or implied by appointment by the Board for Plant Varieties. Without explicit indication of the rights-holder or the person in whose name the variety was accepted , the maintainer of the variety concerned. Furthermore, in their place, or in addition, others are on the express instructions of the Board maintainer. Only the maintainer (s) may/may basic seed (specie) or standard seed (vegetable) produce for trading and marketing.

    In potato, there are often several stamselecteurs of the same race . In that case there are several preservers.

  • Declaration of denominations

    The Plant Variety Office examines whether the proposed name conforms to the international rules for the designation of new varieties. If the name is acceptable, then the Council shall publish the proposal in its electronic newsletter, the Gazette. Third parties may submit objections to the proposed name until three months after its publication.