Change in invoicing and crediting of DUS testing fee

News publication date: 16 December 2022

From 1 January, the Board for Plant Varieties will follow the CPVO's system for charging the DUS testing fee. Invoicing time for DUS testing fee for national applications will change as of 1 January 2023.

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This means that from 1 January, the DUS testing fee for applications for registration and/or Plant Breeders’ Rights in the Netherlands will be charged 10 days after the deadline for submitting the identity material has passed. In practice, the invoice will be sent 10 days after the deadline for submitting the identity material has passed and the trial has started at Naktuinbouw.

The fees for the DUS testing can be found on Applicable fees - Raad voor plantenrassen.

This way  the moment of invoicing is connected with the actual start of the DUS test
In this way, invoices are only sent for DUS tests for applications for which the trial and DUS test has started. We expect this to reduce the number of unnecessary invoices or credit notes. In practice, this means that in many cases invoices are sent later than in the current situation.

Crediting DUS testing fee in case of withdrawal of national applications will change from 1 January 2023
From 1 January, the Board for Plant Varieties will follow the CPVO system for crediting the DUS testing fee in the event of the withdrawal of national applications.

When withdrawing the national application for registration and/or plant breeders’ rights in the Netherlands, we will follow this procedure from 1 January:

  • Withdrawal before or on the submission deadline or before or on the last day of the submission period: 25% of the DUS testing fee will be charged
  • Withdrawal after the submission deadline or after the last day of the submission period: 100% of the DUS testing fee will be charged

The Board for Plant Varieties uses a uniform working method

We believe that this makes it clear to you as an applicant what costs you can expect when withdrawing an application. In addition, we also ensure that the costs incurred by Naktuinbouw in preparation for the DUS test are reimbursed.