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Specified trait testing including the detection, identification and quantification of GM seeds is a relatively new area of seed quality testing that ISTA has become involved in.

Due to the complexity of specified trait testing, the approach adopted by ISTA to ensure reliability and accuracy of results all over the world, when testing seeds for specific traits, differs from the traditional standardised methodology used when testing other seed quality attributes.  It is founded on a Performance Based Approach under which laboratories are free to choose the methods they use with the ISTA International Rules for Seed Testing setting minimum requirements for the performance of laboratories carrying out such tests.
With the establishment of the Performance Based Approach it is expected that ISTA Member Laboratories may demonstrate their competence in specified trait testing  to provide accurate and reproducible test results.

This information platform should give you all necessary information regarding the ISTA Performance Based Approach and includes additional links to technical information provided by ISTA and external sources: glossaries, transgenic event descriptions, analytical methods, statistical tools, reference materials, literature, workshops, ISTA accreditation for specified trait(s) and the ISTA GMO Committee.
It aims to provide useful information for all laboratories:
  • who are performing tests on specified traits in seeds
  • who are participating in ISTA Proficiency Tests on GMO Testing
  • who want to become ISTA-accredited for testing for specified traits in seeds.

Updated 16.09.2011 (ne)


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