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Information for the Clients

Index: Receipt and Registration of SamplesPrioritiesSeeds Weight /Tests DurationsTest Results and CertificatesDispatch of CertificatesTest PaymentsVarieties Certified for SaleForms

Receipt and Registration of Seed Samples 
Seed samples of a wide range of crops (species and varieties) are received at the Official Seed Testing Laboratory. Samples have to be registered at the administration office and transferred to different sections for performance of various tests. 
The definite identification system ensures that seed samples and records can be easily located at all times, from receipt until one year of storage (for official samples), according to ISO 17025.
Download forms for clients: for clarification and changes, new client and private samples (in Hebrew)

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Priorities of Test Performance
Priorities:
1. Imported samples/ urgent/ after cleaning or treatment
2. Exported samples/ certified seeds.
3. Law enforcement samples/ local marketing.
4. Private (=unofficial samples).

Priorities are changed in the following cases:
i. When the client or inspector requests urgent attention to a certain sample.
ii. Work overload.

When more than one test is requested, tests will usually be carried out in order:
1.Purity tests.
2.Germination/ health tests.

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Amount of seeds for sampling and testing

The quantity of seeds sampled and tested depends on seed lot purpose: Import, export or local market as well as on the required type of test. The tables (in Hebrew) are classified according to the following parameters:
1. Export and local market. (in Hebrew).
2. Seeds imported to Israel (in Hebrew).
3. Pathogen identification (in Hebrew).

Duration of the Seed Tests
The length of time requested to perform various seed tests is presented in  "Duration of the Tests (in Hebrew)".

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Test Results and Certificates 
Reports:
All reports are typed in a standard format and then must be signed by an authorized staff member. Results for import seed samples are automatically dispatched via fax to clients and to the Quarantine Service at the entry port.

Issuing Test Certificates:
The administration staff issues a certificate in accordance with the type of certificate and the number of copies requested. The Head of the Laboratory signs all certificates.

All certificates may be translated to English or Hebrew.

Main Purpose

Kind of Certificates

In Hebrew:

Local Marketing

Seed Lot Certificate

Local Marketing

Certified Seed Lot Certificate

Import

Imported Seed Lot Certificate

Import

Preliminary Imported Seed Lot Certificate

Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Seed Lot Certificate

Unofficial samples

Seed Analysis Certificate

In English:

Export

ISTA: Orange International Seed Lot Certificate

Export

Seed Lot Certificate

Unofficial samples

Seed Analysis Certificate 

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Dispatch of Certificates 
Generally, the original certificate is dispatched to the client within2-7working days after completion of tests. By agreement with seed companies it is possible to send a group of certificates with invoices within 10 working days after testing is finished. In case of an official sample, a copy of the certificate is sent to the Seed Inspection Service of The Plant Protection Service. For imported seeds, a copy of the certificate is also dispatched to the Quarantine Service at the entry port. 
At the client's request, certificates can be dispatched via e-mail.

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Test Payments
Laboratory tests are subject to payment. Test prices are determined and updated by the Division of Finance, ARO. 
Price List (only in Hebrew)

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Varieties Certified for Sale This activity is suspended due to upcoming significant changes in the Seed Regulations.
The Laboratory manages and publishes the List of Varieties Eligible for Sale in Israel (in Hebrew), which contains all the varieties which have been checked and approved for sale in Israel.
Download Forms for Clients: for Instructions, Submissions and Expert Recommendation for Including a New Variety (in Hebrew) Not  active

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Updated on: 14/06/15 13:10
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