California Crop Improvement Association
California Crop Improvement Association
California Crop Improvement Association
University of California
California Crop Improvement Association


Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

When the United States became a participant in the international seed certification scheme administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), CCIA became the designated authority to conduct the OECD program in California. The OECD is responsible for administering the seed certification program in 34 member countries and 12 non-member countries that participate in the scheme.  All cereal, herbage and oil, and maize and sorghum seed exported to European Union countries must be produced under OECD guidelines.

OECD Certificate Fee

A fee of $40.00 is charged for each OECD Certificate issued.  In addition to the OECD and certificate fees, an assessment for number of pounds OECD certified will be charged.  Effective July 1, 2016 per USDA this assessment is as follows:

Beet $.14/cwt.
Brassica .14/cwt.
Cereals  .14/cwt.
Corn  .26/cwt.
Cotton .14/cwt.
Grasses    .14/cwt.
Legumes (other than soybeans) .14/cwt.
Sorghum  .14/cwt.
Soybeans .14/cwt.
Sunflower .14/cwt.


USDA Accredited Seed Programs

According to the OECD Seed Scheme, seed analysis results will only be accepted from laboratories accredited by the USDA. The following links to the USDA-AMS website provide information about the program:

OECD Authorized Entities List (pdf)

OECD accreditation program description

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the OECD program administered by CCIA please contact:

Nicole Hostert
Phone: 530-752-9823

Ashley Koala
Phone: 530-752-9828

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