SWI 132.1.1 Seed Program
Specific Work Instruction
Official Seed Sampling

Appendix IV: Seed Program Codes Used by Inspectors

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Code Explanation
AEAAutomatic export sampler approval. A sample drawn by an official seed sampler to verify automatic sampler systems that will be used for sampling seed lots for export certification.
AELExporter laboratory monitoring. A sample drawn by an official seed sampler for monitoring of the activities of AE seed testing laboratories participating in the AEP to test samples for export seed lots.
AESExporter sampler monitoring. A sample drawn by an official seed sampler for monitoring of activities of AE samplers participating in the AEP to take samples of export seed lots.
BRDBreeder. A sample received from a plant breeder for testing. Since autumn 2009, this testing service is only provided in unusual circumstances. The current policy is to direct plant breeders to send these samples to accredited labs for testing. Not usually submitted by CFIA inspectors.
CANCancelled. A sample whose analysis has been cancelled.
COMCompliance / Complaint. A sample drawn by an official seed sampler in response to a complaint, to follow-up corrective actions, when there is a suspected non-conformance, in response to a sampling request as part of a directed inspection plan or to verify compliance.
EXPExport. A sample drawn by an official seed sampler for the purpose of obtaining an ISTA certificate or occasionally other certificates where the ISTA International Rules for Seed Testing were used for the tests conducted. Samples submitted for purity, germination, variety verification and disease testing for export certification are to be submitted under the EXP code, with the appropriate test requests indicated under "Analysis requested".
IASInvasive alien species (IAS). A sample drawn by an inspector as directed by the IAS Program for surveillance/monitoring related to the detection of IAS and their pathways in seed or grain related commodities.
IDSIdentification. A sample consisting of one or more seeds or plants submitted for identification.
INQInquiry. General code for samples for which there is no other code. INQ samples may be submitted by CFIA inspectors or other parties.
INVInvestigation. A sample drawn by an official seed sampler once a noncompliance has been verified and an offence has occurred, in order to recommend further compliance measures or enforcement action. Sample handling must be performed according to chain of evidence rules. May lead to prosecution. Sampler should notify the laboratory prior to submitting.
IOMImport Official Monitoring. A sample taken by an official seed sampler from a seed lot imported by a non-authorized importer or an Authorized Importer. These samples are taken to verify that the seed meets minimum grade table requirements (e.g., Common No. 2). Samples taken for confirmation of the labelled grade are taken under the MPI code.
IPMImport Prohibited Monitoring. A sample drawn by an inspector from a lot imported for conditioning. These samples are taken to verify that the sample does not contain prohibited noxious weed seeds.
MPFMarketplace Monitoring - Foreign Grader. A sample drawn by an official seed sampler for confirmation of a grade assigned by an officially recognized foreign grader for which the seed is offered in the marketplace.
MPIMarketplace Monitoring -Imported Seed. A sample drawn by an official seed sampler from an imported seed lot once imported seed is offered for sale. This sample is taken to verify the accuracy of the grading/ labelling of seed.
MPNMarketplace Monitoring - Non-Pedigreed. A sample drawn by an official seed sampler for confirmation of labelled grade of domestically produced non-pedigreed seed which is being offered for sale in the marketplace.
MPPMarketplace Monitoring - Pedigreed. A sample drew by an official seed sampler for confirmation of a labelled grade of domestically produced pedigreed seed which is being offered for sale in the marketplace.
OSSOfficial Seed Sealing. Samples drawn by an official seed sampler to determine the grade of a seed lot for labelling purposes. Rarely used, and only when an establishment does not have access to a private sector sampler.
PHSPlant Health Sample. A sample drawn by a CFIA inspector to determine weed and/or soil content of imported grain or seed. High priority samples are from lots under detention pending test results. Low priority samples are from lots released into Canada but sampled as part of a survey.
PHYPhytosanitary. A sample drawn by a CFIA inspector for tests in support of a phytosanitary certificate.
SPKSmall Packet Seeds. A sample of imported seed packaged in packets not exceeding 1 kg and submitted in fulfillment of the small packet seed survey.
SPPSpecial Project Program. A sample submitted for special project testing as required by Seed Section.
VVVariety Verification (formerly PoV). Samples drawn for variety verification testing. The sample is assessed for varietal purity and varietal identity.

Note:

  1. There are no requirements for BRD, IAS, IDS, INQ, PHY, PHS, SPK or VV samples to be submitted by official seed samplers.
  2. For SPK samples (small packet seeds), sufficient packets of each seed lot must be obtained so that there is a minimum of 5 g per seed lot.
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