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About the BKD

Introduction
The Flower Bulb Inspection Service (Bloembollenkeuringsdienst; BKD) has been tasked by the Ministry of Economic Affairs with inspecting the quality of all flower bulb crops in the Netherlands (with the exception of Freesia and Nerine) on both quality defects and quarantine pathogens. It also performs import and export inspections and laboratory analyses. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit; NVWA) performs import and export inspections and export certification.

Do you want to know how sample inspections, field inspections and export inspections are performed? Watch the short film to find out!

The BKD has ISO 17020 certification for performing quality inspections (registration number 1096).

Organisation

Vision/mission:
Thanks to the high quality of its products, the flower bulb sector is one of the most important sectors in the Netherlands and its products, production practices and trade methods are world famous for their excellent quality and ongoing development.

In a world which is becoming increasingly complex at an ever faster rate, with changing markets and technical developments, it is the BKD’s mission to secure the flower bulb’s prominent position by optimally facilitating high quality and market access. To respond to this increasing range of requirements, we invest in the development of our people, knowledge, systems and techniques, whereby the focus of our research and development is always our core task: flower bulb inspection.

In addition to efficiency, effectiveness and collaboration, quality and customer-focus are our core values. Its unique expertise makes the BKD indispensable in a healthy flower bulb industry.

What do we do?
The BKD is your link to quality! It guarantees the quality of flower bulbs in the Netherlands and increases the export opportunities for flower bulbs to all corners of the world.

How did we start?
Founded in 1923, the BKD started out as the inspection service of narcissus club “De Narcis”. It has since become an independent body which operates under the auspices of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. We are commissioned by the Ministry to perform flower bulb quality and quarantine inspections and import and export inspections.

Accreditation
Our quality inspection standards are laid down in the Flower Bulb Inspections Regulations in close consultation with growers and traders. We have been accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council (Raad van Accreditatie; RvA) under ISO 17020 (registration number I096) and ISO 17025 (registration number L285) for our quality inspections and laboratory analyses, which guarantees that our work is uniform, independent and of excellent quality.

How does the inspection process work?
Before the inspection process starts, the flower bulbs are registered. Most inspections are two-fold. The bulbs are planted and then inspected in the field (including at least one visual inspection), and samples are taken which are either examined in the laboratory for viruses, bacteria and nematodes or planted in the greenhouse. For certain crops the BKD also carries out ‘dry inspections’, which are inspections of the harvested flower bulbs.

Export and import
The BKD also carries out export and import inspections and issues export certificates under the Phytosanitary Directive for traders of flower bulbs that are destined for third countries (i.e. all non-EU countries).