Seed Certification Schemes exist to protect farmers buying the seed through ensuring that the product they receive meets certain quality standards. The current UK Cereal Scheme incorporates several quality control mechanisms, including official testing to ensure that the seed meets prescribed standards for germination, freedom from weeds, and varietal identity and purity.
The Seed Certification Branch at SASA acts on behalf of the Scottish Government as the Certifying Authority for Scotland for cereal seed.
The EU requires that all cereal seed that is marketed for growing as crops must meet the standards in Directive 66/402/EEC. This in turn is incorporated into UK (and now Scottish) law through the Cereal Seed (Scotland) Regulations (see the Office of Public Sector Information OPSI). Please see the following:
- The Cereal Seed (Scotland) Regulation 2005 SI No. 2005
- The Cereal Seed (Scotland) and Fodder Plant Seed (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulation 2006 SSI No. 448
- The Seeds (Scotland) (Amendments for Tests and Trials Etc.) Regulations 2007 SSI No. 224
- The Seed (Registration, Licensing and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 SSI No. 313