ESTA is the standard of ESA 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.
This quality assurance system supports sustainable food, feed and fiber production by assuring the availability of crop protection through seed treatments. Seed treatments combine precision and minimal active ingredient amounts with maximum efficacy and minimal environmental impact.
The adoption of this quality assurance system is a strategic decision of an organization. ESTA has been designed to be compatible with ISO 9001 (Quality management systems - Requirements), ISO/IEC Guide 65 – ISO/EN 45011 (General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems) 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.
It is the ambition of ESA that ESTA will be the general quality assurance system that supports unrestricted flow of (treated) seed within all EU Member countries.
This standard can be used as an “umbrella” standard against which national and industry quality assurance schemes are benchmarked.
Find HERE the ESTA Standard.