The economic evolution of Europe requires an on-going adaptation of trading behaviour and in particular of the Rules and Practices of the potato sector.

The first European rules were established, as early as 1956. Through the efforts of the European Union for the Wholesale Trade in Potatoes – now EUROPATAT – professional practices were defined and a simple and efficient procedure for expert assessments and arbitration, known ever since by RUCIP, has been set up. Since then, RUCIP has been used for nearly all European transactions and has several times been modified (in 1972, 1986, 1993, 2000. 2006 and 2017), which resulted in a RUCIP which has been adapted to the demands of the trade and the technical evolution within the potato sector.

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The current version came into force on 1 January 2021.

On the same date, the nomination of Ms Cristina Pohlmann as the new RUCIP European Delegate became effective.

The change of location of the RUCIP European Secretariat to the Europatat’s office in Brussels in 2017 was meant to improve the functioning of RUCIP, offer better services and professionalise the management of its different activities. To maintain these objectives, the RUCIP European Committee revamped its internal structure, making a distinction between the European Secretariat and the European Delegate Office.

Whilst the European Secretariat remains in charge of the day-to-day administration of the RUCIP European Committee (including finances, communication and organisation of meetings and trainings), the European Delegate Office is from where the European Delegate handles expertise and arbitration requests.

Other than that, National RUCIP secretariats are located in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.


Tel. +32 (2) 229 21 56

c/o Europatat
Rue des Deux Églises 26
1000 Brussels


Ms Cristina Pohlmann

T: +49 30 754524-67
F: +49 30 664068-53
c/o Deutscher Kartoffelhandelsverband e.V. (DKHV)
Schumannstr. 5,
10117 Berlin,

Without cancelling any national rules, which is in any case not within their power, the two professional organisations:

  • EUROPATAT (Rue des Deux Églises 26, 1000 Brussels
  • EUPPA (Avenue de Tervueren 188a/4, 1150 Brussels)

who make up the RUCIP European Committee recommend all their members to use the current Rules and Practices and the Rules governing expert assessments and arbitration for their national as well as their European transactions. The code name of these rules and practices – under which they have been tried and tested – remains RUCIP.

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