Since the beginning, the Seed Association of the Americas has identified phytosanitary issues as a major problem in the international movement of seeds. Seeds are produced in countries in the Northern and Southern hemispheres in different climatic zones for different reasons.
On the other side, countries establish phytosanitary requirements for the entrance of seeds, sometimes without knowing seed production processes able to minimize phytosanitary risks, or sometimes they change these requirements without a proper technical justification.
To address phytosanitary problems, SAA has established a Phytosanitary Working Group. Its main objective is to collect or generate information (Data base of regulated pest, best practices of seed production) to support official authorities (NPPO) in the phytosanitary risk assessment process and to support the development of regional and international standards to have harmonized guidelines on this topic.