Contact for information?

Do you have a question when applying for Plant Breeders’ Rights or registration? Please contact us at or

Telephone number:

+31 (0)71 332 6121

You can also go to the contactpage (click here)


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

National list

In order to market a variety of vegetable or agricultural within the European Union (EU), it must be listed (or registered) first. Once a variety is listed in the national list of at least one EU Member State the variety may be marketed throughout the EU. The national list of the Netherlands is included in the Dutch Register of Plant Varieties. Admission of agricultural and vegetable varieties is the responsibility of the Board for Plant Varieties. The Board for Plant Varieties manages the Dutch Register of Varieties.

Species for which registration within the EU is obligate

For the marketing inside the EU of material of the species mentioned in the EU directives 2002/53 and 2002/55, the registration in one of the EU member states is obligate.

The marketing of material from other species can be done without registration, provided that the inspection criteria for those species are met. We refer to the website of NAK  for agricultural crops and the website of Naktuinbouw for vegetable crops.

Varieties can be included in the national list if they meet the DUS-criteria, and have an accepted denomination. DUS stands for Distinct, Uniform and Stable, which means that the variety is distinct from all other varieties, uniform and stable. Naktuinbouw performs in the Netherlands the examination to determine whether a variety meets the DUS-criteria. For DUS testing costs are involved.


specifically for vegetable varieties
For vegetable varieties, it is possible to also sell seeds before admission (but after the application) through a special authorisation regulation, the European Seed Testing regulation.

The DUS test usually includes two growing cycles at Naktuinbouw, or one growing cycle at Naktuinbouw and one at the breeders'. A Breeders' co-trial is performeel according to instructions and requirements of Naktuinbouw.

For certain species Naktuinbouw can perform two growing cycles in a year. Resistance tests are part of the test.


specifically for agricultural varieties
The process of Plant Breeders' Rights and admission to the Dutch national list of varieties in agriculture is described here.

For species, the variety must also meet the requirements of the VCU test. VCU stands for value for cultivation and use research.

On the page of the VCU test you will find the institute where for the different species the VCU research is conducted.