The NAK (the Dutch General Inspection service for agricultural seeds and seed potatoes) has looked at possibilities to improve the NAK (certificate) label to make it more fraud-resistant. This resulted in the addition of a number of security features such as a UV hallmark and a QR code. The visible changes, especially with the colored certificates, are a white background at the top left with the flag of the EU (combi NAK label and Plant passport) and a white area in which the QR code is printed.
These changes are also made for the NAK label for the plant passport species of sowing seeds. For sowing seeds that are not subject to a plant passport, the NAK logo is printed in the white backgrond at the top left. For the time being, the QR code refers to general information on the NAK website (seed potatoes and sowing seeds). In consultation with the sectors other use of the QR code will be determined for the 2021 harvest season. The material, size and type (stitching, seal, adhesieve) of the new label are the same as the existing label.
The new labels will be introduced in mid-October 2020 and the old label formats will gradually disappear. So both formats can occur this season. The transition period may be longer for sowing seeds.
New format NAK label seed potatoes
UV hallmark back NAK label