Standards for seeds, tractors, forest, fruit and vegetables




The OECD Schemes for the Varietal Certification of Seed promotes the use of certified agriculture seed that is of consistently high quality. These seeds are produced – and officially controlled – according to a set of harmonised procedures put in place in the 61 participating countries. With membership open to OECD, UN and WTO countries, the aim is to stimulate the production and use of high quality seeds. There are eight schemes, each defined according to a group of species of cultivated plants – more than 200 agricultural and vegetable species in all. 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 took place on 27 June 2018 at OECD Headquarters in Paris.
      • The Annual Meeting of the OECD Seed Schemes took place on 28-29 June 2018 at OECD Headquarters in Paris. 

Also of interest

OECD Seed Schemes Bureau

      • Chair: Pedro Lavignolle, Argentina
      • Vice-Chair: Eddie Goldschagg, South Africa
      • Vice-Chair: Kristiina Digryte, Estonia


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