Accreditation is also an important marketing tool. The laboratory’s details and scope of Accreditation are publicly available to potential customers on the ISTA website.
For the seed seller:
An increased acceptance of seed lots reduces cost and improves sellers’ credibility for their products.
The risk of shipping seeds with faulty results on the test report is minimised.
In some countries/distinct economies, export of seed is only permitted if the seed lot is accompanied by an ISTA Certificate.
Seed producers themselves can apply for Accreditation for their laboratory.
For the seed buyer:
ISTA Certificates provide the seed buyer with confidence that the results on the test report correspond to the quality of the seed lot.
Use of an ISTA accredited laboratory to test seed lots indicates that seeds have been tested by internationally accepted methods, helping to demonstrate that the quality of a seed lot is acceptable. This is particularly important for the international trade of seeds.
In some countries/distinct economies, import of seed is only permitted if the seed lot is accompanied by an ISTA Certificate.