Seed World

In a Time of Instability, SGS Canada Brings Certainty to the Table

For your business to thrive, you have to be sure you can access the seed testing expertise you need to sell into domestic and export markets.

You might be familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It’s often presented in a pyramid diagram and is an idea in psychology proposed by American Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation”. At the bottom of the pyramid are humanity’s basic needs like food and shelter, and at the top are the “higher” needs to achieve full potential.

Of course, those “higher” needs are only possible if those fundamental “basic” needs are met. Seed businesses are a lot like that. To make your seed company grow and thrive, you have to be sure you can access seed testing expertise that brings certainty.


Your seed meets quality standards. Combining internalized standards such as disease, health, trait and vigour testing with regulated testing outlined in the Canada Seeds Act, accredited seed labs ensure product confidence. Moving the needle higher, SGS is now accredited by the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) which means we carry out testing and reporting procedures in accordance with ISTA’s International Rules for Seed Testing. ISTA-accredited laboratories must run a quality assurance system, successfully pass frequent audits, and meet proficiency benchmarks to fulfill the requirements of the ISTA Accreditation Standard. Our Orange International Certificates support your global quality commitments.

Your seed is being tested by experienced analysts who bring their A-game to the lab every day. The vast majority of our employees are long-term experts who have been through multiple crop cycles. They’ve analyzed seed in years like we saw in 2020 and 2021 where excess moisture and drought have wrought havoc on crops. Our analysts know what they’re going to see on the workbench in any given year as the growing season unfolds.

Your seed can move across borders without difficulty. The most commonly required document to move product into the United States is a PPQ925 (APHIS), which is applicable to seed grown in Canada or U.S. returned. Issuance of the PPQ925 is based on a federal noxious weed exam, and we perform this at our labs in Grande Prairie and Sherwood Park, Alta. Foreign-grown seed follows a different documentation stream, which is through CFIA’s Form 5289, which we can also issue. With our high staffing levels, we’re able to turn around this documentation on the same day of request, to help mitigate any supply chain challenges you face.

SGS Canada ensures your seed testing needs are fulfilled smoothly. You need to be sure that you can sell product without difficulty and concentrate on growing your business.

For more info visit and find out how we can give you the confidence you need to make your business thrive.