For the laboratory:
- Gives formal recognition that a Member Laboratory is technically competent to test seed using ISTA methods, producing reliable results.
- Laboratory staff receive confirmation of their competence to perform sampling and testing, as required at an international level. This increases staff motivation and technical expertise.
- Laboratory performance is evaluated and measured by participation in the Proficiency Testing Programme.
- 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 costs 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, the 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.
- The 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, the import of seed is only permitted if the seed lot is accompanied by an ISTA Certificate.