ICARDA’ Seed Health Laboratory accredited

March 15, 2010 at 9:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Syrian government staff attend a training course at ICARDA on seed health and quarantine measures

ICARDA’ Seed Health Laboratory has been officially accredited by the government of Syria. The decision, announced last month by H.E. Dr Adel Safar, Minster of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, will further strengthen the laboratory’s work to prevent risks of contamination and disease spread during the process of germplasm exchange.

Under the terms of accreditation:

  • ICARDA’s Seed Health Laboratory has been designated as a ‘referee’ laboratory – reflecting its reliable, high-quality testing procedures
  • Subject to reciprocal arrangements, incoming seed samples will be exempted from testing fees. The standard fee is 500 SL per sample; so the decision will enable significant cost savings to ICARDA.

The Ministry has also requested ICARDA for assistance in capacity building of quarantine services in Syria. Efforts have already begun: earlier this month, ten Syrian quarantine officers attended an ICARDA training course on seed health and quarantine measures.


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  1. I am working as seed pathologist in Seed Quality Control Center, Nepal. I need training on seed health, please suggest me whether ICARDA is conducting such training, and how to apply for that

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