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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.


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 several options:  NSHS Testing Fee Options

  • A $1000 non-returnable application fee is required by USDA-APHIS with the initial application.
  • Accreditation fees 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.
  • Additional costs are covered by the entity for auditor fees and travel expenses.
  • USDA-APHIS requires that accreditation certificates be renewed every three years. Accredited entities must complete a new application form with the application fee of $1,000.