NSHS Accreditation Rates

Yearly Accreditation Charges

ITEM RATE MAXIMUM / COMMENT
Seed Health Testing $1,500 per lab site

$200 per method

Field Inspection $2,000 per site (state)

$150 per crop

Maximum charge is 5 states and associated crops
Seed Sampling $1,000 per site (state) Maximum charge is 5 states
Visual Inspection $1,000 per site (state) Maximum charge is 5 states
Accreditation Scope Expansion $300 (or accreditation fees, whichever is greater) + auditing expenses Additions to accredited scope between applications
Maximum Yearly Charge $20,000

Initial & Renewal Year Accreditation Charges (every 3 years)

ITEM RATE MAXIMUM / COMMENT
Application Fee $1,000 $600 to ISU; $400 to USDA (non-refundable)
Yearly Accreditation See table above ‘Yearly Accrediation Charges’

Auditing Fees

ITEM RATE MAXIMUM / COMMENT
Audit & Document Review Time $150 / hour
Travel Time $75 / hour
Mileage Personal vehicle mileage at current rate of accredited entity Or Federal rate if accreited entity has no standard rate
Auditor Travel Expenses Actual Cost Airfare, meals, and other transportation costs
Maximum Charge for Sampling and Visual Inspection $1,000 Auditor fees (not including travel expenses) for one or both of these options

* Audits occur at the time of initial accreditation, and at re-accreditation (every 3 years). Interim audits are conducted as needed. Some auditors are independent contractors. The financial transaction occurs directly between the accredited entity and the auditor. If the Administrative Unit completes an audit, invoicing will be through the Administrative Unit.

Accreditation Charges

ITEM FEE
Seed Health Testing $3,000 (includes up to 6 health methods)
Additional Health Testing Fees $250 (per method accredited)
Field Inspection Location Fee $2,000 per location
Field Crop Inspection Fee $250 per crop per location
Seed Sampling $1,000 flat fee
Visual Inspection $1,000 flat fee
Application Fee $1,000 (applied towards accreditation fees)
Scope Expansion Normal application charge
Years 2 and 3 Accreditation 16.5% of accreditation fee
Scope Expansions Application fee + audit expenses
Other Discount of $1,000 if apply for Seed Health Testing and Field Inspection
Min & Max Field Inspection Charge $3,000 min; 5 locations and 5 location’s crops max

Auditing Fees (in addition to accreditation charges)*

ITEM RATE MAXIMUM / COMMENT
Audit & Document Review Time $150 / hour
Travel Time $75 / hour
Mileage Personal vehicle mileage at current rate of accredited entity Or Federal rate if accredited entity has no standard rate
Auditor Travel Expenses Actual cost Airfare, meals, and other transportation costs
Maximum Charge for Sampling and Visual Inspection $1,000 Auditor fees (not including travel expenses) for one or both of these options

* Audits occur at the time of initial accreditation, and at re-accreditation (every 3 years). Interim audits are conducted as needed. Some auditors are independent contractors. The financial transaction occurs directly between the accredited entity and the auditor. If the Administrative Unit completes an audit, invoicing will be through the Administrative Unit.