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Seed Certification Letter EC 140

This letter contains details of fees for seed certification and related training courses which will be effective in Scotland from 1 January 2012.  It also contains a reference to the seed testing fees that will be charged by the OSTS for Scotland from 1 January 2012.

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Seed Certificaton Letter EC 138

This letter contains information on new Scottish Government procedures to monitor seed samplers, information on variety substitution in a mixture,  species combinations allowed in mixtures, and an update on contact information for the seed certification label contract together with a copy of the order form to be used.

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Submitting Seed Samples

All other seed samples submitted for testing should be representative of the lot or bulk from which they are taken or the test result will not relate to the quality of the whole lot or bulk. To take a representative sample, select a number of small samples from several bags, or from different parts of the bulk.  If it is a very large bulk then it is better to sub-divide in to smaller lots and take a representative sample from each lot. Do not keep seed samples in warm or damp conditions prior to testing.

Seed Certification

SASA is the Certifying Authority for seed produced in Scotland. Prior to certification, seed of most crop species must be officially tested to ensure that certain minimum standards are met. In the UK these standards are defined in Seeds Regulations. In Scotland there are five sets of Seeds Regulations covering Cereal, Fodder, Oil & Fibre, Vegetable and Beet seeds.

Seed Certification Letter 137

Information on recent legislative changes: The introduction of The Beet Seed (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2010, SSI 2010 No 148; The Seed (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations 2010 SSI 2010 No. 219 and The Fodder Plant Seed (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 No.330.

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Seed Certification Letter 117

Information about changes to the seeds marketing regulations for Scotland.
This letter contains guidance about new procedures and changes to procedures introduced from the 1 July 2005 as a result of the introduction of new Scottish legislation.

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Common crop names

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

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Public Register of Seeds Merchants, Processors & Packers

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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

Fees, Forms & Guidance

This area contains forms to be completed for Certification.


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

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