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Board for Plant Varieties

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Sotaweg 22, 2371 GD Roelofarendsveen, The Netherlands


Postal address:

P.O. Box 14, 2370 AA Roelofarendsveen, The Netherlands

Variety register of fruit species

On 1 October 2012, the new Directive Fruit Species (2008/90/EG) entered into force. One of the requirements of this Directive is that all Member States of the EU must set up a Register of Varieties of Fruit Species. In the Netherlands, the Board for plant varieties is responsible for the Dutch Register of Varieties (including varieties of Fruit species)

All varieties of species under the Directive Fruit Species, must (before 01-10-2014) be included in the Dutch Register of Varieties. Varieties which are not listed may NOT be marketed. By the way, a variety which is included in the Register of Varieties of another EU Member State, or a variety  that is in application for Plant Breeders' Rights or has been granted Plant Breeders' Rights, may be marketed, although such a variety will not be included in the Dutch Register of Varieties. After October 1 2014, all fruit varieties in trade must be registered in one of the EU countries. 

The NL fruit variety register is here available.

The EU fruit variety register is here available.

For inclusion in the Dutch Register of Varieties a new variety must be notified to the Board for Plant Varieties. An assessment of the variety will be carried out and a description will be made ​​according to CPVO protocols or UPOV guidelines, similar to those used in a DUS test. If it is concluded that the variety complies to the prescribed requirements, it will be included in the Register of Varieties. The fee for the assessment of new varieties should be paid by the applicant. The Board for plant varieties sets the fees for the assessment. All fruit varieties under the Directive of which material is marketed by companies registered at Naktuinbouw, must comply to the registration requirement.

It concerns the following species (directive 2008/90/EG):

Fruit species, including rootstock:

Castanea sativa
Corylus avellana
Cydonia oblonga
Ficus carica
Juglans regia
Olea europaea
Pistacia vera
Prunus dulcis (amygdalus) (almond)
Prunus armaniaca  (apricote)
Prunus avium  (sweet cherry)
Prunus cerasus (morello)
Prunus domestica (plum)
Prunus persica (peach and nectarine)
Prunus salicina (Japanese plum)

Naktuinbouw (formerly NAKB) over the years has built up a file of fruit varieties which could be certified on the basis of the certification regulations Naktuinbouw fruit species. This file has been used as the basis of the Dutch Register of Varieties of Fruit Species.

The old Naktuinbouw file has been updated and the varieties that to our knowledge are no longer cultivated, have been removed from this file and are not included in the new Register of Varieties.

Fruit Varieties which are registered before October 1, 2012, in the file of varieties applicable to certification are automatically entered in the Register of Varieties of Fruit Species. Furthermore, inspectors of Naktuinbouw made an inventory of varieties that are being grown as CAC material. These varieties are also included in the new Register of Varieties Fruit Species .

The Register of Varieties Fruit Species consists of two categories (you can select by category):

"A-List": Varieties of fruit species with an official description of the variety. These varieties have been officially described on the basis of CPVO-protocols (EU plant breeders' rights), UPOV guidelines or national protocols, which means that there is an official variety description, prepared by competent authorities.

"B-list": Varieties of fruit species with an officially recognized variety description. These varieties have been described on the basis of a limited number of characteristics, based on CPVO protocols or UPOV guidelines (TQ characteristics). This category applies only to varieties already marketed before October 1, 2012.

Only the varieties in the A-list can be certified by Naktuinbouw as propagating material. The varieties in the B-list can only be marketed as CAC material.

Do you have any further questions about this subject, please contact Mr Marco Hoffman (