Since 2018, all of our products have a Plant Passport. This requirement has gone into effect for a large part of Europe.
What is a plant passport?
A plant passport is a selection of mandatory information that must be documented when trading plants intended for “planting” within the European Union (EU). It indicates the identity and origin of the shipment and allows the original producer to be traced.
A plant passport has a set format. Having a plant passport proves that the producer complies with the applicable rules and requirements set forth in the European Plant Health Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 and that the company is inspected by a inspection authorities, Naktuinbouw.
Naktuinbouw supervises operations and conducts a field inspection every year. At registered nurseries, they pay attention to several aspects: administration (including the plant passport), nursery hygiene, in-house quality controls and product traceability.
A plant passport may be issued only if the plant material is free of harmful organisms.
Harmful organisms are diseases or pests that are very difficult to control. By “managing” those diseases and pests, plant health services in Europe hope to prevent them from spreading further through Europe. If pests and diseases are not managed they can cause great damage in crops and could adversely affect employment opportunities.