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Chair Valerie Grimault
Vice Theresa A.S. Aveling
Member Ilaria Alberti
Siham Asaad
Rouke Bakker
Reyes Blanco Prieto
Mark Buimer
Rosa Piña González
Harrie Koenraadt
Ronit Kohen
Gary Munkvold
Nelia Nkhoma Phiri
Masatoshi Sato
Dorota Szopinska
Sandra Walker
The Seed Health Committee (SHC) consists of 14 members from 13 countries.  Each member serves on a sub-committee within their area of expertise.  The committee is divided into working groups each having a designated leader.

The Proficiency Testing and Quality Assurance sub-committee organizes, manages and directs the Seed Health Proficiency Test program and the Quality Assurance program.  All laboratories accredited by ISTA in seed health are required to participate in proficiency tests.  Laboratories which are not ISTA accredited are welcome to participate in proficiency tests as volunteers. This group works closely with the ISTA Proficiency Test Committee and ISTA accreditation auditors. This group also collaborates with the Statistics committee to set up guidelines for the organization and statistical analysis of proficiency tests.  Guidelines can be found here.

The Method Validation sub-committee manages the SHC Method Validation Program.  This group reviews current methods for needed updates, proposes methods for new or emerging pathogens, reviews test plans for new methods or updates to current methods and reviews method validation reports.  All Seed Health Methods are periodically reviewed and updated and revalidated as necessary.  This group cooperates with the International Seed Health Initiative (ISHI) vegetable working group to design new methods and organize validation test rounds. This group also collaborates with the Statistics committee to set up guidelines for the organization and statistical analysis of comparative tests for method validation.  Guidelines can be found here.

The Method Validation Committee working group is organized based on major pathogen groups; mycology, bacteriology, virology and nematology. Working groups welcome the participation of any analyst experienced in the testing methods under validation. Interested analysts may contact the SHC about collaboration.

Updated 19.09.2013 (ne)


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