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International Seed Testing Association

ISTA Workshop on Quality Assurance and ISTA Accreditation - Advanced Level

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This Workshop is fully booked.

Due to very high interest, we organize a 2nd Workshop in the following week of the current one.
If you wish to participate, please use the registration available on the respective announcement

ISTA Accreditation and Technical Department and Central Laboratory for Quality of Seeds and Planting Material, is looking forward to hosting you at the -ISTA Workshop on Quality Assurance and ISTA Accreditation - Advanced Level, to be held in Bucharest, Romania in October 2024

Date 08.10.2024 - 11.10.2024
Location Bucharest
Country Romania


Aim of the workshop 

This workshop aims at presenting and discussing the principles of quality management and it focuses on the needs of seed testing laboratories that wish to comply with the ISTA Accreditation Standard and maintaining ISTA Accreditation.

Workshop content

The content will include presentations and several practical activities to apply in the seed testing laboratory in order to satisfy the quality requirements specified in the ISTA Rules and ISTA Accreditation Standard, such as staff monitoring and internal audit and sampling aspects, equipment and consumables check.

The language will be English – no translation.

Preliminary Programme:

The workshop will be based on lectures, group work and quiz sessions:

System part   

  • Requirements of the recent revision of the ISTA Accreditation standard
  • Document control including practical exercises
  • Internal audit and practical demonstration
  • Corrective actions and non-conforming work
  • Samplers monitoring
  • Analysts monitoring
  • Management review
  • General management requirements

Technical part   

  • Purchase, reception and storage of consumables including practical demonstration on how some consumables are checked, such as germination substrates Equipment calibration and/or verification, validation before use, and regular check, (balances, germination cabinets), exercises on balances validation and definition of tolerances for temperatures demonstration for germination cabinets, oven for moisture test
  • Sampling, exercise on verification of dividers
  • Storage of samples


Central Laboratory for Quality of Seeds and Planting Material,
Sandu Aldea Alley, no. 10, sector 1, 012065 Bucharest

Workshop Organiser

ISTA Secretariat                 Andreea-Nicoleta Pinar

Local Organiser

Central Laboratory for Quality of Seeds and Planting Material                 

Adina Tîrziu                                                                                                            


Florina Palada                                                                                        

ISTA Head of Accreditation and Technical Department and System Auditor

Joël Léchappé ISTA Honorary Life Member and ISTA Technical Auditor
Eddie Goldschagg                      

ISTA Bulking and Sampling Technical Committee Vice-Chair

Participation Fee

ISTA Members      

550 EUR                         

ISTA Non-Members     825 EUR

The participation fee includes all literature and supporting material for the workshop, lunches, coffee breaks and workshop official dinner. It does not include accommodation or meals other than those specified.

The number of participants is a minimum of 20 and restricted to a maximum of 25 participants. 

If you would like to attend the workshop please fill in the registration form. In case you select payment by invoice the invoice will be sent to you, which has to be paid before the participation confirmation will be generated. 

Registration and payment deadline is 6 September 2024

Please note:  
For cancellations made before 6 September 2024 registration fees are refundable less the 50 EUR administration fee.   
For cancellations made after 6 September 2024 registration fees are non-refundable. 

Participants eligible to apply for support to attend the workshop under the Young@ISTA programme should review the funding criteria and download the application form here: Young@ISTA - International Seed Testing Association - Applications for funding close on Monday, 01 April 2024.

Recommended Accommodation:

Pullman Bucharest World Trade Center

Address: 10 Montreal square, District 1, 011469, Bucharest, Romania
Phone: +40 21 202 1600
Single room/night: 120EUR
Double room/night: 130 EUR

Arc de Triomphe by Residence Hotels

Address: 19 Clucerului, Sector 1, 011362 Bucharest, Romania
Phone: +4 0727 953 064
Single room/night: 80 EUR
Double room/night: 100 EUR

Samaa Hotel

Address: Bd. Ion Mihalache, nr. 319C, Sector 1, Bucure┼čti
Phone: 0737-556.677
Single room/night: 70 EUR
Double room/night: 90 EUR

Note: Guests may book directly with the hotel and will be responsible for payment of their own room, taxes and incidentals; a shuttle bus will be provided from the listed hotels to the workshop venue.

Travel & Visa information:

You may need a VISA and a Letter of Invitation for entry into Romania. For more information, please visit

If you require an invitation letter, or for any additional information, please contact:

Andreea-Nicoleta Pinar

The invitation letter will be issued by ISTA Secretariat only after payment of the registration fee.

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