APPLY FOR NSHS

Accreditation

NSHS Accreditation Application

Expansion of Scope

NOTE: Use this Expansion of Scope form only to apply for a scope expansion for a currently accredited entity. Use the Accreditation Application form (above) to apply for recertification or initial accreditation.

NATIONAL SEED HEALTH SYSTEM

Accreditation Fees

The NSHS accreditation program is designed to be self-financing. The fees are structured across four options:

The NSHS accreditation fees are structured across four options:  NSHS Testing Fee Options

  • A $1000 non-returnable deposit is required by USDA-APHIS with the initial application.
  • Accreditation fees for Options 1 and 2 are based on a sliding scale that accounts for the number of seed health tests, number of crops for Phytosanitary Inspection, and number of sites to be accredited within the organization. Minimum fees of $3000 are applied for each option, but these are reduced to $2000 for entities that apply for both options, 1 and 2.
  • Flat fees of $1000 are applied for Options 3 and 4.
  • Additional costs are covered by the entity for auditor fees and travel expenses.
  • An annual fee of 16.5% of the initial accreditation fee will be applied to cover annual reports and proficiency tests for accredited entities that are required every 2 years.
  • USDA-APHIS requires that accreditation certificates be renewed every three years. Accredited entities must complete a new application form with the non-returnable processing fee of $1,000.
ACCREDITATION APPLICATION