Variety review applications can be found on the AOSCA website under Programs & Services/National Variety Review Boards. If you have trouble locating or obtaining an application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. Review applications may change from year-to-year and submissions made on outdated forms may need to be resubmitted by the applicant. The AOSCA website will always provide the most current version of the form.
There are generally two types of applications…a first-time review application for new varieties and amendment applications that are used for varieties that have already been reviewed and accepted for inclusion into seed certification programs.
Varieties may be submitted and accepted under an experimental name. If the owner of the variety selects a permanent name for the variety later, it is their responsibility to submit an amendment application to AOSCA, outlining the request for a name change.
Meeting the application deadline allows adequate time for the pre-review process and gives the review board members sufficient time for a thorough review prior to the meeting.
Once submitted to AOSCA, the applications undergo a pre-review process. This is not a review for technical merit, but to identify missing data, confirm conflicting information from one page to another, or to request supporting documentation. We will communicate with you and allow you the opportunity to make revisions and resubmit the application. It will then go before the variety review board for final consideration.
You will be notified electronically of the review board’s recommendations. You may be asked to make revisions or to provide additional information at that time, if requested by the review board.
Typically, the applicant has seven (7) business days from the date of the review (assuming timely notification).
The original applications are retained for six years.
AOSCA annually compiles a report that includes the summary/description pages of the applications recommended for inclusion into seed certification programs. These reports, and an index of all accepted varieties, are available on the AOSCA website.
The Alfalfa, Grass, and Sunflower Review Boards currently meet once a year. The Small Grain Review Boards meet twice a year.
The preferred method is a check (made payable to AOSCA) mailed to our office. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact the AOSCA office.