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 6137

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

Administrative test

Before a variety is granted Plant Breeders' Rights, some administrative tests are necessary. A technical DUS test is also reguired.

Right to the variety

The Board for Plant Varieties establishes whether the application is legitimate; does the applicant have the right to apply for Plant Breeders' Rights?


To qualify for Plant Breeders' Rights, the variety in question must be novel. This means that the variety may not have been marketed in the Netherlands for longer than one year before the application and no longer than four years in any other country. If there's a reason the Board for Plant Varieties will investigate if a new application for Plant Breeders' Rights complies with these criteria.

Denomination of the variety

The applicant must propose a denomination for the variety. This can be done at any moment during the procedure. A fantasy name or a code can be used. The proposed denomination must be submitted at the Board by using the Denomination proposal form.
The Board will check if the proposed name complies with the international regulations on the denominations of new varieties (internal test).  If the name is acceptable, the Board will publish the proposal in its e-bulletin, the Gazette. Objections can be filed within three months.
If the proposed denomination fails to comply with the international regulations on denominations or if there are legimate reasons to object to the proposed name, a proposal for another denomination must be made.
If the proposal complies with the denomination criteria and no objections from other persons entitled have been received, then the variety denomination will be registered and published in the Gazette.