Seed Processors/Packers

Submitting Seed Samples

All other seed samples submitted for testing should be representative of the lot or bulk from which they are taken or the test result will not relate to the quality of the whole lot or bulk. To take a representative sample, select a number of small samples from several bags, or from different parts of the bulk.  If it is a very large bulk then it is better to sub-divide in to smaller lots and take a representative sample from each lot. Do not keep seed samples in warm or damp conditions prior to testing.

Seed Certification

SASA is the Certifying Authority for seed produced in Scotland. Prior to certification, seed of most crop species must be officially tested to ensure that certain minimum standards are met. In the UK these standards are defined in Seeds Regulations. In Scotland there are five sets of Seeds Regulations covering Cereal, Fodder, Oil & Fibre, Vegetable and Beet seeds.

Seed Certification Letter 137

Information on recent legislative changes: The introduction of The Beet Seed (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2010, SSI 2010 No 148; The Seed (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations 2010 SSI 2010 No. 219 and The Fodder Plant Seed (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 No.330.

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Seed Certification Letter 117

Information about changes to the seeds marketing regulations for Scotland.
This letter contains guidance about new procedures and changes to procedures introduced from the 1 July 2005 as a result of the introduction of new Scottish legislation.

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Common crop names

Common names of crop and "other seed" species found in Scotland.

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Seed Certification Letters

These are circulated to all Registered merchants, processors, packers and other interested parties in Scotland. They are issued as the situation demands, to provide advice to firms who certify in Scotland about latest Certification developments as well as general information and guidance. Some of the more recent Letters and Guidance can be accessed below.

For further information on these letters, please contact Gerry Hall at

Fees, Forms & Guidance

This area contains forms to be completed for Certification.


Fees are payable for Certification, and a list is available here.

Cereals - Facts & Figures

Cereal section has collated the following statistics regarding Passed Crops for Certification in Scotland and Weights of Seed Certified in Scotland. 

Seed Lot Statistics

Weights of Seed Certified in Scotland for the seed years 2005-2006 to 2007-2008.   For further information please contact Bob Sunter or Gillian Liddle at

There are also comparisons of Passed Crop Areas for the years 1999 to 2001 and Seed Lot Weights for the years 1998 to 2002, which are displayed in graphs.

Cereals Disclosure Statement

Handling procedures for information received in relation to the certification of true seeds have been designed to take into account legislative developments, particularly the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and the Data Protection Act 1998.  Applicants should be aware that from the seed year 2008 onwards it is the certifying authority's intention to release details of all seed lots to BSPB, on request.


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