SGS BioVision has obtained its International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) lab accreditation. The accreditation is required for the company to deliver expanded sampling and testing options.

“This significant accreditation strengthens our commitment to supporting the Canadian seed trade industry and our clients with meeting global export requirements,” says Trevor Nysetvold, director of seed and crop with SGS BioVision.

The accreditation from ISTA means the company’s lab based in Sherwood Park, Alta., can issue Canadian seed organizations with ISTA Orange International Certificates (OIC) or Blue International Certificates (BIC) based on the requirements of the importing country.

Testing covers:

  • Purity testing
  • Determination of other seeds
  • Germination
  • Viability
  • Moisture content
  • Seed weight determination

Testing is currently available for grasses, cereals, legumes, pulses, vegetables, flowers, and other agricultural crops such as brassica species. According to a news release, on the sampling side, the lab will be carrying out manual sampling from a lot to obtain a representative sample for testing.

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