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 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.