Seed Samplers

Common crop names

Common names of crop and "other seed" species found in Scotland.

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Seed Certification Letters

These are circulated to all Registered merchants, processors, packers and other interested parties in Scotland. They are issued as the situation demands, to provide advice to firms who certify in Scotland about latest Certification developments as well as general information and guidance. Some of the more recent Letters and Guidance can be accessed below.

For further information on these letters, please contact Gerry Hall at

Fees, Forms & Guidance

This area contains forms to be completed for Certification.


Fees are payable for Certification, and a list is available here.

Cereals - Facts & Figures

Cereal section has collated the following statistics regarding Passed Crops for Certification in Scotland and Weights of Seed Certified in Scotland. 

Seed Lot Statistics

Weights of Seed Certified in Scotland for the seed years 2005-2006 to 2007-2008.   For further information please contact Bob Sunter or Gillian Liddle at

There are also comparisons of Passed Crop Areas for the years 1999 to 2001 and Seed Lot Weights for the years 1998 to 2002, which are displayed in graphs.

Cereals Disclosure Statement

Handling procedures for information received in relation to the certification of true seeds 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 seed year 2008 onwards it is the certifying authority's intention to release details of all seed lots to BSPB, on request.

Contacts - Seed Certification Branch

Cereals Branch address: Cereals Branch, SASA, Roddinglaw Road, Edinburgh, EH12 9FJ

Mike Parker - see also Staff Directory page
Head of Cereal Section :
Tel: 0131 244 8856

Bob Sunter
Certification Manager (Seeds) :
Tel: 0131 244 8815

Margaret Hislop
Certification Manager (Crops) :
Tel:  0131 244 8838

Cereals Certification

For information on Seed Certification and Brexit see the Seeds EU Exit guidance page


Training Courses

SASA holds a number of high quality training events, for students from all over the world.


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