Tasks of reference laboratories of ISTA, the International Seed Testing Association, are
- Preparation of proficiency test samples and delivery of these to accredited laboratories and serving as expert in and coordinator of special issues of current testing rounds
- To assist as reference laboratory when arranging proficiency testing of new applicants for accreditation, and of already accredited laboratories having exhibited poor performance in proficiency tests
- Expert membership in the ISTA Proficiency Test Committee.
Member laboratories are present on all continents. The PT Committee agrees on leaders of proficiency test rounds being arranged thrice annually and endorsed by the Congress of ISTA.
Experienced laboratories having fulfilled the competence requirements in proficiency tests may be granted reference laboratory status by ISTA
Reference laboratory for seed analysis
The Seed Section of the Plant Analytics Unit of Finnish Food Authority has a laboratory analyzing seed samples and operating in Loimaa that serves as an ISTA reference laboratory for all analyses in their particular scope of accreditation.
Competence Scope of accreditation