Who is a QP?
A QP is an expert in a particular plant group. They're accredited by us to certify new PBR applications.
You'll need to nominate someone to act as your QP during submission of part 1 of your application.
Why do I need a QP?
A QP plays an important role in your application. They can provide advice and guidance throughout, and they will:
- Supervise the growing trial
- Verify the claims made
- Certify the application.
Overall, the role of the QP is to make sure that the growing trial is robust so that your variety can receive strong protection.
What does a QP do?
During the application process, your QP will engage with us to formalise the growing trial arrangement through a pre-trial agreement. Working together, we'll:
- Determine the most similar varieties of common knowledge
- Determine if parental material is needed in the growing trial
- Oversee the growing trial
- Prepare the description of the variety for part 2 of your application
- Assist in collecting and collating evidence that shows the new variety is distinct, uniform and stable
- Certify part 2 of your application.
How do I find a QP?
If you need help finding a QP, you can do a quick and easy search using our online directory.
To pick the best QP for you, consider their:
- Plant speciality
- Geographical region.
If you're an accredited QP, you can nominate yourself to oversee the application.
If you can't find a QP that operates in your geographical region, you can become a Qualified Person.
How do I nominate a QP?
Once you've picked your QP, include the nomination form below in your application part 1 submission.