ICIA's Quality Assurance(QA) Program provides a uniform, unbiased quality
control system and marketing tool for crop seed marketed as brands, varieties or
hybrids. While it is designed as a complete quality control service for products
not using seed certification, the guidelines are similar to those of the
certification system. It is readily customized to meet the needs of the
customer. ICIA's QA program adds significant value to seed programs as it
assists in maintaining product purity and identity in an era of increasingly
costly genetic traits. This ICIA program is in compliance with the
AOSCA Quality Assurance (QA) guidelines.
The QA Program provides the following:
- Coordinated, professional and unbiased field inspections, laboratory
testing and post control grow out tests for quality control in seed
production, conditioning and marketing.
- An unbiased record system for use in meeting state and federal seed law
requirements, assessing royalties or research fees, establishing a defense
for use in avoiding problems and helping to resolve problems between seed
suppliers, growers and customers.
- A marketing image of sound quality control.
- Assurance to buyers that seed bearing the QA trademark has met purity
standards related to a known description across seed lots and years of
- The QA program can also be of great assistance in helping describe new
products and is frequently used in facilitating wholesale movement of seed.
The QA Program provides significant value for companies and producers who
need to adhere to sound quality control programs or meet license agreement
protocols in today's era of high value technology and specific genetic traits.