A qualified person (QP) is an expert in a particular plant group, accredited by us to certify applications for plant breeder's rights (PBR). QPs oversee the comparative trial and help you to provide evidence that a variety is distinct, uniform and stable.
Categories of QP - consultant and non-consultant
There are two categories of QP, consultant and non-consultant. A list of QP's are available in the Plant Varieties Journal.
Consultant QPs are accredited to act as consultants to PBR applicants.
QPs may consult on choice of comparative varieties, experimental design, management regime, data collection, statistical analysis, photography and preparation of the description of the variety.
The applicant retains the QP on a mutually agreed basis and pays the QP for services rendered.
Non-consultant QPs are accredited to certify applications for which they are the breeder, owner or authorised agent or an employee of the breeder, owner or authorised agent.
QPs' involvement in applications
QPs help guarantee that applications for PBR are technically rigorous. They complement our examiners in ensuring that PBR grants are legally sustainable in the event of infringement and subsequent litigation.
Nominating a QP
All applications for PBR must nominate a QP. This is done using a QP1 Nomination of a Qualified Person form. This form guides applicants and their QPs in determining what functions the QP will play in the preparation of the application.
When you are notified that your nomination of a consultant QP is acceptable, you should again consult the QP when planning the rest of your application for PBR.
QPs - certify applications
The nominated QP must certify each application by completing the QP2 Certification by the Qualified Person form. This form outlines which functions the QP undertook or supervised in relation to the application.
Becoming a QP
If you wish to become a QP, you should contact us in writing, providing the following:
- full contact details
- current employment details
- relevant experience
- species or group of species for which accreditation is sought
- the geographical area in which you are able to act as a QP
- three referees' contact details
- whether consultant or non-consultant status is being sought
- the accreditation fee
QP accreditation is ascribed by us to individuals. It is not transferable to other people within a company or institution.
The QP accreditation process includes workshops covering the principles, practice and developments of the PBR application process. These workshops are advertised in the Plant Varieties Journal.
For more information, read the handout from the qualified persons workshop 2011 PDF [2356KB]
Maintaining QP accreditation
To validate and maintain their accreditation, QPs must attend a workshop annually and keep abreast of developments in PBR.
They are also required to pay an annual accreditation fee. Invoices are sent out one month prior to the due date.
Last Updated: 10/12/2012