ISTA SHC Workshop: Almeria-Spain , 03.04.2017 - 06.04.2017

Date: 03.04.2017 - 06.04.2017

Location: Almeria, Spain

ISTA Seed Health Committee and University of Almeria are looking forward to hosting you at the SHC workshop on “How to validate a method and check the performance of quality system in Seed Health testing”.

Local Organiser
Reyes Blanco 
University of Almeria 

Workshop Organiser
Valerie Grimault


Aim of the workshop
This workshop will provide an overview of Seed health testing methods and method validation principle as well as methods to check the performance of their quality system: ability to implement a method, proficiency tests organization. It will allow participants to work with their computer on practical examples of qualitative and quantitative Seed Health results to train on test plan writing, characterization of samples, analysis of results, redaction of protocols, ranking of labs for Seed Health proficiency tests.   

Language: English (slides and presentations) with Spanish translator.

Target groups 
The workshop is aimed for people who implement new methods in their lab, are or want to be accredited and want to check the performance of their quality system and understand how ISTA access it. It is also for people who want to validate new methods or organize proficiency tests. Participants will need to come to the workshop with their own laptop with windows (Excel) environment.

Preliminary program 
  • Lectures
    • Organization of Seed Health Testing in Spain.
    • ISTA organization, accreditation system and SHC.
    • Pests and seed health testing methods
    • Set up of test plans and validation of method: Seed samples, performance criteria , statistical analysis of results
    • Set up of test plans and organization of proficiency tests: Seed samples, performance criteria depending of pests, statistical analysis of results, ranking of laboratories
  • Practical’s on example with different pathogens/type of results
    • Determination of % contamination of a seed lot
    • Set up of test plans for validation of method and organization of proficiency tests

Universidad de Almería
Ctra San Urbano s/n
04120 Almeria

Spain: Almeria is a city in the South-East of Spain located between Malaga and Murcia. The airport is located 9km from the city.

Almeria is the region where seed companies and seed production greenhouses are located and the workshop will include visits of these facilities followed by a visit of the National Park Cabo de Gata and an official workshop dinner. 


University residence: Cl. Fernán Caballero, esq. Avda. Monserrat, 35-48€

Hotels: NH Ciudad de Almería: Calle Jardín de Medina, s/n, 60-100€  

Nuevo Torreluz: Plaza Flores, 10, 60-100€   

Hotel Torreluz centro: Plaza Flores, 8 (close to Hotel Nuevo Torreluz), 50-65€     

The participants are asked to book the accommodation directly.   
The workshop venue will be accessible by bus. 

Registration fee

450€ for ISTA members, 675€ for non ISTA members

The number of participants is a minimum of 16, without which the workshop will be cancelled and limited to a maximum of 30. The registration fee will include all literature and supporting material for the workshop, lunches and coffee breaks, workshop dinner and transfer between the workshop venue and hotels (except airport transfer). It does not include accommodation or meals other than those specified.   

Registration will be opened in October 2016. 

Deadline: 1st January 2017  

If you would like to attend the workshop please fill in the registration form. An invoice will be sent to you, which has to be paid before the participation confirmation will be generated. Please indicate any dietary requirements during registration. 
All payments are required prior to the 1st of February, 2017 in EUR and payable to ISTA. 

Please note: 
For cancellations made before 1st of February registration fees are refundable less a EUR 50 administration fee. For cancellations made after 1st of February registration fees are non-refundable