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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

Applicable fees for Plant Breeders' Rights

Certain fees are involved in applying for Dutch or European Plant Breeders' Rights for varieties of ornamental species or arboricultural species. European Plant Breeders' Rights are often requested for ornamental species. For the fees of EU rights, please consult the CPVO website.

  • Application fees

    The fees for an application for Dutch Plant Breeders' Rights can be found on the list of fees. This fee covers the administrative fees. This sum must be paid to account number IBAN NL82 RABO 0300017057, Board for Plant Varieties, stating the specie and the provisional denomination of the variety.

    Applications can only be accepted once payment has been received. A deposit for the application fees can be made, so that the application process can start immediately. For applications with a deposit, please contact Bas Rozemeijer of the Finances department at Naktuinbouw.

  • Test fees

    The feees charged for DUS-tests vary for each specie group. These fees are listed in the list of fees. The amounts stated apply per growing cycle. Formally, the test fee for the first growing cycle has to be paid before the application can be accepted. However, in practice, Naktuinbouw pays this test fee in advance, for a period of maximum 30 days after the date of the invoice for the test fee.

    The test fees may change subject to:

    Tests outside the Netherlands
    Take over of a report
    Withdrawal by the applicant
    Automatic withdrawal
    Several years of tests

    Test outside the Netherlands
    Technical DUS-tests for certain species sometimes take place outside the Netherlands. Tests on chrysanthemums performed in England are an example of this form of bilateral cooperation. The fees charged for the test are those applicable in the country concerned.

    Take over of report
    If an application for Plant Breeders' Rights has already been filed in a country outside the Netherlands, the Board for Plant Varieties will base its decisions (subject to certain conditions) on the DUS-test for the earlier application. The Board will adopt the findings of the foreign report. The test must have taken place in a UPOV country where sufficient testing expertise is available. You can find the fee for taking over a report in the list of fees.

    Withdrawal by applicant
    If an application is withdrawn or rejected after the DUS-examination has been started, the amount of the examination fee can be fully or partially credited.
    This depends on the costs incurred for the DUS-examination. Costs that have been made will not be credited.

    Automatic withdrawal
    If the application has to be withdrawn, because the sample was not received in time, the sample was too small or it was visibly diseased, then Naktuinbouw will credit the test fees. A new application can be submitted for the same variety once without having to pay application fees.

  • Registration in Dutch Register of Varieties

    Registration of the Plant Breeders' Rights in the Dutch Register of Varieties is free of charge. The Board does not charge an annual fee for the maintenance of Plant Breeders' Rights into the national variety register.