Seed certification, seed testing and associated functions: responses to review of fees

Summary of industry responses to a review of fees for seed certification and seed testing that took place earlier this year.


The fees for seed testing, seed certification and associated seed functions are reviewed annually, to ensure that if any changes are required, they are implemented as far as possible that year and not allowed to accumulate over a number of years, resulting in large increases.

A recent review performed by the Scottish Government policy team working alongside SASA highlighted that the fees for seed certification, seed testing and other functions were not making full cost recovery.

Scottish Government's standard approach to setting charges for public services is full cost recovery, in doing so it avoids unnecessary public expenditure. Charging also provides an incentive to use goods and services economically, efficiently and effectively.


Email: Carol Scott,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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