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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 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

Application for Plant Breeders' Rights and/or listing

Where to apply

Applications for National Plant Breeders' Rights and/or listing on the National list can be filed at the Board for Plant Varieties. The Bureau for Plant Varieties, which is part of the Naktuinbouw Variety Testing department is the administrative tasks for these applications.

Applications for the Recommended List (with regard to VCU) can be submitted to the Commissie Samenstelling Aanbevelende Rassenlijst (CSAR).

Forms can be found on this website. Applications for EU Plant Breeders' Rights can be filed at CPVO in Angers (F).


Who is entitled to apply?

Legal entities or natural persons from EU member states can apply for National Plant Breeders' Rights or for listing in the National list.

Applicants for National Plant Breeders' Rights from a non-EU member state require a representative in the Netherlands.

Applicants for listing on the National list from a non-EU member state require a representative in the EU.


How to apply

There is a general application form with explanatory text and a separate technical questionnaire specific specie, both for DUS and VCU tests. These forms can be downloaded from the website of the Board for Plant Varieties.

Is the application a combined application for Plant Breeders' Rights and listing on the National list? Please indicate this on the general application form when you apply. The administrative charges for a combined application are lower than for separate applications that are combined at a later date.
Is the application a genetically modified (GMO) variety? An official declaration should be enclosed with the application form stating that the variety does not pose risks to the environment or that the variety has permission for limited application.

A proposal for the denomation could be done using the application form or during the DUS test you could use the denomination form.


Closing dates and submission requirements

It is very inportant that you submit the needed forms and the requested plant material before the described deadlines. In the Table ‘Submission requirements and closing dates of plant varieties’, you will find the most important data.


  • ATTENTION! Your application forms and the payment of the application fees have to be received by the Board before or on the closing date.


  • If you submit the forms and/or payment áfter the closing date, the examination of your application will not be included in the next trial, but in the second next. This will result in a delay for you which can be up to one year.


  • When your application and payment are received by the Board, you will receive from the Board a request to submit plant material, the so-called identity sample. In this request, the precise address and quantity and quality of this plant material are mentioned. These are the Sample Submission Requests. These are differentdepending on each crop. By the way, this information is mentioned in the Table as well.  


The Table has a filter per sector. You can remove this filter in order to see the requests for other sectors.

Publication of the application

The Board for Plant Varieties will publish the application for the Dutch Plant Breeders' Rights in the Gazette, the electronic bulletin of the Board.



The application procedure

The Bureau for Plant Varieties will start the application process as soon as the signed and fully completed general application form, the technical questionnaire and additional documents have been received and the application fees have been paid. The application will be accepted on receipt of the forms and payment.

Subsequently, a confirmation with an acceptance number will be sent to the applicant. The date of acceptance of the application is the date of priority. Only applications which are accepted before the deadline can be tested in the next DUS growing trail.

The applicant will receive instructions for the requirements for the identity sample to be submitted. As there is often a short period between the acceptance of the application and the start of the DUS trail, we recommend to regularly check the website of Naktuinbouw for details of the submission of the DUS samples.