Classification Scheme

Scotland is a major producer of quality seed potatoes. Seed potatoes produced and marketed in Scotland must be classified under the Seed Potato Classification Scheme (SPCS). SASA is the Certifying Authority for seed potatoes in Scotland and this section gives information on seed potato classification (certification).

Before seed potatoes can be marketed they must meet the requirements of The Seed Potatoes (Scotland) Regulations 2015. These Regulations, which came into force on 1 January 2016, implemented the provisions of Commission Implementing Directive 2013/63/EU, Commission Implementing Directive 2014/20/EU, Commission Implementing Directive 21/2015/EU and Commission Implementing Decision 2014/105/EU. The EU legislation made changes to Annexes I and II of Council Directive 2002/56/EC with the aim of harmonising seed potato certification and marketing across the EU. 

Further detailed information on seed potato classification in Scotland and the requirements to be met by Scheme applicants can be found under the appropriate heading on the menu opposite.  Conditions applied to exports of Scottish seed potatoes to non-EU countries can be found on the Potato Export Conditions page.

Each year a  Register of Seed Potatoes  is published in October and this gives detailed information on seed crops for which Inspection Report Forms have been issued by SASA.

For further information and forms, please see the links below:

Information gathered and held by SASA is covered by current disclosure legislation; please see the SPCS Disclosure Statement page for more details.

To contact SPCS, see the Contacts - Potato Branch page.

SPCS Disclosure Statement

Handling procedures for information received in relation to the classification of seed potatoes have been designed to take into account legislative developments, particularly the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and the Data Protection Act 1998.  Applicants should be aware that from the growing season 2007 onwards it is the Certifying Authority's intention to publish details of all crops in the Register of Pre-basic and Basic Seed Potato Crops.  The following statement will now appear on the relevant forms "The Certifying Authority is bound by current disclosure legislation.  All crops which meet Pre-basic and Basic requirements at crop inspection will appear in the Register of Pre-basic and Basic Seed Potatoes."

The Certifying Authority may be required to release information, including personal data and commercial information, if requested under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 or the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  The Certifying Authority will not permit any unlawful breach of confidentiality nor permit breach of obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.