Standards for seeds, tractors, forest, fruit and vegetables




The OECD Schemes for the Varietal Certification of Seed promotes the use of agriculture seed of consistently high quality. Certified seeds are produced - and officially controlled - according to harmonised procedures in 61 participating countries. Membership is open to OECD, UN and WTO countries, and there are currently 61 member countries. The principal aim of all eight Seed Schemes in place is to encourage the production and use of high quality seed. Each Scheme is defined according to a group of species of cultivated plants; at present, 200 agricultural and vegetable species are covered. By ensuring consistently high standards, the Schemes contribute to its members' evolving agriculture and trade policies. More ...

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Rules, Regulations and Guidelines

  • Guidelines for the Authorisation of some Certification Activities under the OECD Seed Schemes
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National Designated Authorities


Capacity Building in the OECD Seed Certification Schemes

Capacity building, where staff members of designated national certification and inspection authorities are trained in all aspects of the OECD Seed Schemes and their implementation and monitoring, ensures that only high quality seeds are traded internationally.

This brochure offers comprehensive guidelines on capacity building activities in OECD Seed Scheme member and applicant countries.

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Synthesis of International Regulatory Aspects that Affect Seed Trade

An appropriate regulatory framework helps to promote competitive seed markets and lowers barriers to trade.

This report examines the regulatory aspects related to the seed trade, and the role of international organisations in the harmonisation and establishment of international standards, including the OECD Seed Schemes.

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      • The Technical Working Group Meeting of the OECD Seed Schemes will take place on 27 June 2018 at OECD Headquarters in Paris.
      • The Annual Meeting of the OECD Seed Schemes will take place on 28-29 June 2018 at OECD Headquarters in Paris. 

Also of interest

OECD Seed Schemes Bureau

      • Chair: Eddie Goldschagg, South Africa
      • Vice-Chair: Pier Giacomo Bianchi, Italy
      • Vice-Chair: Pedro Lavignolle, Argentina


    • Mr. Csaba Gaspar, Programme Manager, OECD Seed Schemes
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