Beet, Fodder, Oil & Fibre and Vegetables

The Seed Certification and Variety Testing branches at SASA advise UK Government Departments on a range of plant variety and seeds matters and undertake statutory work in variety registration and certification. Variety Certification and supporting functions are outlined below in more detail. 

ADVICE AND LIAISON WITH UK GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

The branches advise and liase with the Scottish Government Policy Branches and other UK departments on aspects of certification, enforcement, seeds regulations, and related plant varieties and seeds matters.

Staff represent the interests of both the UK and Scotland at EU and other international meetings.

SEED CERTIFICATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF SEEDS REGULATIONS

The branches are responsible for the certification of seed of all species covered by the Beet, Fodder, Oil and Fibre, and Vegetable Seeds Regulations in Scotland.

The main crops grown for seed in Scotland include Field Peas, Field Beans, Timothy, Perennial Ryegrass, Oil Seed (Swede and Turnip) Rape and various other Brassica species.

Scientific advice and support is provided to the Scottish Government on enforcement of non-cereal seeds regulations.

Advice on the above Seeds regulations are provided to the industry

For further information contact George Campbell

SEED SAMPLING: TRAINING AND LICENSING

The branches organise seed sampling training courses for the seed trade and Scottish Government officials, and they administer and maintain the register of licensed and official seed samplers in Scotland.

For further information contact Russell Thomson 

GUIDANCE

Seed Legislation, Conservation Variety definition, Mixtures for Environmental Use & Waste Seed.