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CropLife Canada and its members created the Accredited Seed Treatment Operation Standards to provide uniform environmental health and safety practices for the storage and handling of designated seed treatment products in Canada.

Effective January 1, 2018, only Accredited Seed Treatment Operators certified under this code will be eligible to receive and apply designated seed treatment products.

Why get a pre-audit completed?

The operators will gain a better understanding of the standards and what is required to become accredited. Sites pre-audited before March 31, 2015 can be grandfathered for certain aspects of the Standards. These include some allowance for sites located close to environmentally sensitive areas and some building construction types. Sites not pre-audited by March 31, 2015 will not be eligible for grandfathering. Once sites are pre-audited they have until December 31, 2017 to successfully complete a full audit. Sites not audited by that time will lose all grandfathering privileges. The pre-audit does not bind the site to go through the process. Sites unsure if they want to seek certification, can get a pre-audit completed to assess the business impact of becoming accredited. A pre-audit rebate of $400.00 is available for all operators.

Accredited Seed Treatment Operation Standards 
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What are the accredited seed treatment 
operation standards?

The standards are aimed to develop and implement improved stewardship practices in the storage and use of the plant science industry’s seed treatment products. The standards consist of a series of protocols listing the requirements for operators. Sites must successfully complete an audit conducted by a certified Seed Treatment Auditor to become accredited.

Important dates

March 31, 2015 Deadline for grandfathering status under Standards.
Deadline for $400.00 pre-audit rebate Full Compliance Deadline:January 1, 2018
Effective January 1, 2018 only Accredited Seed Treatment Operators will be eligible to receive designated seed treatment products.

How do I arrange for an audit?

Auditing activities are managed by the Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Program (AWSA). Operators can book a pre-audit by contacting one of the certified auditors. To access a list of Accredited Seed Treatment Auditors, please Click here.. Please book your audit early to ensure Auditor availability.

What is a designated seed treatment product?

Designated seed treatment products are products designated by Canadian registrants for use in Canada. Effective January 1, 2018 only Accredited Seed Treatment Operators, certified under these standards, will be eligible to receive designated seed treatment products. As new seed treatment products are developed, the list of designated products will expand. 


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