Seed Health Unit

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Seed Health Unit

IRRI established its Seed Health Unit (SHU) in December 1982 under a memorandum of agreement between IRRI and the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). SHU is authorized to conduct major rice seed health testing for phytosanitary certification and post-entry clearance. Rice seeds for export and import are certified under the supervision of a plant quarantine officer. Specific import permits are required to import vegetative parts of rice and other crops.

SHU is a single gateway for all incoming and outgoing rice seeds, rice grains, non-seed biological materials (NSBMs), soil samples, and materials other than rice coming in and going out of IRRI.

  • For exported materials – the unit ensures compliance with plant quarantine regulations and seed health standards of the importing country
  • For imported materials – SHU ensures compliance with Philippine plant quarantine regulations and seed health standards
  • Compliance with intellectual property right protocols (i.e., conditions stipulated in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture)

Seed Health Unit

Seed Health Unit website

For more information, contact:

Patria Gonzales

Head, Seed Health Unit