Plant passport with Plant Breeders' Rights applications

News publication date: 12 March 2020

Do you want to send plant material to Naktuinbouw for DUS testing? Please ensure a correct plant passport accompanies the sample.

The new EU Plant Health Regulation entered into force on 14 December 2019, including a new plant passport obligation. All propagating material of floricultural, arboricultural and vegetable crops was already subject to a plant passport obligation. Since December, material intended for planting, including pot plants, bedding plants and container plants (end product) is also subject to a plant passport obligation for EU trade. Plant material for DUS testing must also have a plant passport. 

What happens if there is no plant passport with an application?

Naktuinbouw's Variety Testing department currently sends a reminder, as you may have forgotten to include the plant passport.

However, in future, the absence of a plant passport on receipt of the plant material will have consequences for your Plant Breeders' Rights application. This may result in the rejection of the material. This means we will be unable to perform testing or may have to delay testing by a year.