The audits are performed by NAKTUINBOUW and SOC
Stichting Nederlandse Algemene Kwaliteitsdienst Tuinbouw (Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture) is better known as Naktuinbouw. Naktuinbouw promotes and monitors the quality of produce, processes and chains in horticulture. The main focus is on propagating material, of national and international origin. Naktuinbouw is an Autonomous Public Authority (APA) regulated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EA&I).
Naktuinbouw is an independent and unbiased official inspection organisation in the Netherlands, responsible for phytosanitary and quality inspections and auditing of quality systems for high graded propagation material.
Semae is the French association for seeds and seedlings, a privately- funded organization which delivers public services. Its aim is to ensure a regular supply of high quality seeds of improved varieties for agriculture.
The « Direction de la qualité et du contrôle officiel » (Quality and Official Control Department) is the technical department of Semae.
The control activities are accredited according to the standard ISO 17065 which applies to organizations carrying out the certification of products and services. (scope available on www.cofrac.fr / Accreditation N°5.0506)
Semae has been entrusted with the role of official control and certification by the Ministry of Agriculture. It has to control the genetic, the physical and phytosanitary quality of seeds and to check that they meet EU requirements.
For field crops, it includes quality control: field inspections, lots controls, lots labeling, varietal post-control analysis. For vegetables (standard seeds), the « Direction de la qualité et du contrôle officiel » undertakes post-control analysis.