The Canadian Methods and Procedures for Testing Seed (M&P) provide the “recognized standard methods” required for accredited seed testing laboratories to carry out “officially recognized tests” as related to the current Seeds Regulations. The Method Validation for Canadian Methods and Procedures For Testing Seed and In-house Developed Method for Seed Grading further enhances that the seed quality testing methods are reliable and reproducible so that any decision based on it can be taken with confidence. The document specifies the requirement, procedures, and processes for proposing new official standard methods or the amendment or extension of an existing M&P method.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) accredits seed analysts as a part of the CFIA accreditation program for seed testing. The accreditation programs of seed analyst and seed laboratory together ensure the seed test is conducted as an accredited test on behalf of the CFIA. The accredited testing results are used for grading seed lots to be sold in Canada, and for releasing imported seed lots.
Exam applicants should apply directly to CFIA using the application form linked below.