ESTA is the standard developed by Euroseeds on quality assurance for seed treatment and treated seed. It is meant to be a general basis for quality assurance of seed treatments that include plant protection products.
ESTA is a standard to support the industry. This standard provides a quality assurance system to assure that seed treatment and the resulting treated seed meet requirements defined by legislators and industry.
The adoption of this quality assurance system is a strategic decision for an organisation. ESTA has been designed to be compatible with ISO 9001 (Quality management systems – Requirements) and ISO/IEC 17065 (Conformity assessment requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services).
Companies certified to the ESTA standard reliably treat seed with plant protection products, resulting in quality products (treated seed) for the end user: farmer, grower, plant raiser or contractor.
This standard can be used as an “umbrella” standard against which national and industry quality assurance schemes are benchmarked.
Euroseeds designed a benchmark checklist for auditors to provide guidance while auditing seed plants in reference to the ESTA standard. Certifying Bodies must assure that all points covered by the ESTA checklist are taken into account appropriately.
The proper use of this checklist will reduce disparities among auditors and certifying bodies.
The ESTA Governance is described in the relevant document.
Please find all the documents below: