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Field trials and laboratory tests on seeds required

The European Commission' s Health and Consumer Protection DG has issued a call for tenders for field trials and laboratory tests on seeds and propagating material. Technical activities will involve: - organising and carrying out field trials and laboratory tests - organising ...

The European Commission' s Health and Consumer Protection DG has issued a call for tenders for field trials and laboratory tests on seeds and propagating material. Technical activities will involve: - organising and carrying out field trials and laboratory tests - organising and reporting on a meeting with experts of the Member States' competent authorities Both activities will be carried out per individual lot. The proposed lots are grasses; maize; wheat; potato; cotton; soya bean; swede rape; sunflower; seed testing under Commission Decision 98/320/EEC; tomato; shallot; vine; seed flowers; bulbs of flowers; ornamental plants and Prunus domestica L. For each individual lot, the tenderer shall acquire samples to be submitted to comparative trials and tests from the relevant Member States' competent authorities. The purposes are: - to harmonise the technical methods of certification of seed and/or propagating material applied by the Member States' authorities in order to obtain equivalent results and to check, for each lot, whether the seed and/or propagating material marketed within the Community, including seed and/or propagating material imported from third countries, meet the requirements with which they must comply. - to evaluate by joint inspection in the field or laboratory, an agreed assessment of the performance of the submitted samples in relation to the official requirements for certification, and to discuss the results of the inspection in relation to the adequacy of the trials and tests in the light of improvements in technical and scientific knowledge. The duration of the contract is related to the specific requirements of each individual lot. The contract can be renewed twice.For further information, please contact: European Commission Directorate-General Health and Consumer Protection Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200 B-1049 Brussels Tel: +32-2-299 2257 Fax +32-2-295 6043 The applicant should indicate in the request the exact lot on which they wish to receive information