Quality Assurance Guidelines
Field inspection applications must be submitted to NDSSD, identifying the field(s) to be inspected along with an agronomic description of the plant and seed. Products will be accepted as described.
Field inspection will be performed by NDSSD using the same field sampling system used for certified seed production. General field conditions will be reported along with other information requested by the customer. The genetic standards for QA production will be the AOSCA genetic standards for the Certified class of seed of the crop being inspected.
Post harvest samples must be submitted to NDSSD and tested for varietal purity, germination and physical purity. The varietal purity standard shall be the AOSCA genetic standards for the Certified class of seed of the crop being tested.
QA labels will be available from NDSSD for seed meeting the QA field and laboratory guidelines for genetic purity. Official labels are green in color and have printed on them the QA logo (a registered trademark), the phrase “Quality Assurance”, and “Member of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies”. The QA label will be imprinted with kind, variety, brand, blend, or hybrid designation. The label will also contain a lot number and may contain a producer number. Analysis information may be printed on the label upon request. The QA logo may be used by having it printed directly on seed bags or other documents.
The QA program may be used for “blends” with the following stipulations: