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

Telephone number:

+31 (0)71 332 6201

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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

National Plant Breeders' Rights

To protect the ownership of a variety, breeders can apply for Plant Breeders' Rights (PBR) for that variety. As a member state of the UPOV, the Netherlands has a national Plant Breeders' Rights system that is based on the UPOV 1991 Convention. PBR provides for the holder the exclusive right on exploitation of his varietie(s). In principle, it is possible to apply for Plant Breeders’ Rights for varieties of all crops. Applying for PBR does not give the right for trading of agricultural and vegetable crops. For trading, it is obligate to apply for admission to the national register of varieties NRR.

The granting of PBR is one of the main tasks of the Dutch Board for Plant Varieties. The Board is responsible for the registration of the PBR in the National Variety Register NRR.

If a new variety meets the DUS criteria and has been given an accepted name, the Plant Breeders' Right will be granted. Naktuinbouw performs tests to establish if a variety meets the DUS criteria. This is usually done during two growing cycles. Sometimes only one growing cycle is standard (in ornamentals) or more than two cycles are necessary. DUS stands for Distinct, Uniform and Stable, which means that the variety is distinct from all other existing varieties, and is uniform and stable. DUS testing involves certain costs.

The Dutch PBR has a duration of 25 years, except for the following crops, for which the duration is 30 years:

a.  The varieties of the crops Solanum tuberosum, Fragaria, Robinia pseudoacacia, Anthurium, Malus, Fraxinus excelsior, Acer, Ulmus, Prunus avium, Cornus, Amelanchier lamarckii, Sorbus, Tilia, Magnolia, Pyrus, Populus, Prunus domestica and Salix.

b.  The varieties of bulbous crops as mentioned in Annex II of the Agricultural quality regulation 2007, as well as Freesia and Nerine..

More about the procedures concerning granting for PBR can be found here, for vegetables, agricultural crops and ornamental crops.