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Prolongation of registration
Here you will find all important information about prolongation of registration. This is a legal task that the Board for Plant Varieties will actively perform from 2022 onwards. The purpose of prolongation of registration and what is required for its careful implementation is described step by step below.
Purpose of prolongation of registration
In the applicants' meeting of the Board for Plant Varieties of November 13, 2019, it was announced that the Board will start with prolongation of registration of vegetable and agricultural crops whose registration/listing will expire after 10 years. In this way, the trading position of these varieties can be extended again for a period of 10 years. Not all information is up to date in the current Dutch Variety Register (NRR), for example because some of the varieties no longer exist or if the company listed as a maintainer no longer exists. Our aim is to create a variety register in which only actual current data on available propagating material of varieties and their maintainers are listed. Prolongation of registration therefore leads to a cleaned NRR.
The Board will actively carry out this legal task from January 1, 2022 onwards.
Prolongation of registration: only if the variety is maintained
A variety is only eligible for prolongation of registration if it is “maintained”. This means that the variety still has to meet the conditions for distinctness, uniformity and stability (DUS), as laid down in the DUS examination. On the basis of information and expert knowledge obtained by the Board, the maintenance of the variety must be sufficiently guaranteed, which ensures that the variety continues to meet its identity and description. In the vast majority of cases this information will be available at the inspection bodies NAK and Naktuinbouw.
Applicants’ meeting 2019
During the applicants meeting on November 13, 2019, the maintainers expressed the wish that the Board would indicate in a document which of their varieties the registration period is about to expire. Every year the maintainer receives a letter with an overview of varieties that are eligible for prolongation of registration.
Procedure prolongation of registration
A module has been developed that allows you to digitally request the prolongation of registration of your varieties. This module can be consulted via myNaktuinbouw. If you don't have a login for myNaktuinbouw yet, you can request one.
Every year an overview is generated containing the varieties that you maintain and whose registration is about to expire. A final date is stated here, indicating the deadline before which the prolongation of registration must be submitted.
Start of prolongation of registration with varieties registered in the NRR in 2013
The varieties registered in 2013 – regardless of the exact date of registration in 2013 – are the first to be eligible for prolongation of registration. For all varieties registered in 2013, we take 31 December 2013 as the starting point for prolongation of registration. The registration of these varieties will then expire after 10 years on December 31, 2023. If an extension of the registration is desired, these varieties must be registered for prolongation of registration no later than 2 years before the end of the registration period. This means that you must submit the application for prolongation of registration no later than December 31, 2021.
Picking up old registrations
In addition to the varieties that were registered from 2013, there are a large number of varieties that were registered before 2013. These are the old registrations; it concerns about 5,700 varieties (registrations from 1947 to 2012). The plan is to include these older registrations in phases in the prolongation of registration. In this way, the costs and activities are spread over a number of years. For example, the varieties registered in 2013 are combined with the varieties registered in 2012.