The Grain Passport was originally developed to allow end users to identify what post-harvest treatments had been applied to grain. A voluntary system, it is used across the whole UK grain system. Its use is now referenced in grain assurance systems and the passport was extended to address certain sustainability issues under the Renewable Energy Directive.
In March 2016 AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds published the report of a pilot study conducted over two years into the feasibility of moving the grain passport onto an electronic format. The report showed a range of opportunities but also technical challenges. Any move would be based on industry agreement, therefore at this time the paper based passport will remain in place.