SGS’s global presence, in North and South America, Europe and China/Asia Pacific, allows clients to gain momentum for their new and existing product development and introduction.


Global innovation in the development  of new crop protection actives remains relatively static, with little change during the last 10 years. However, the combination of new and existing active substances has gained momentum. Sales of crop protection products protected by patent, represent 40-60% of current sales by the industry’s leading companies.


Food and environmental safety issues are driving the introduction of good agricultural practice (GAP) in many countries. The use of GMO seeds in major crops, such as corn, canola, soybean and cotton, is well advanced in North and South America, with increasing interest in China and India. More countries, in Asia and Africa, are expected follow suit.

In addition to establishing a network of seed and food laboratories, SGS continues to invest in both technical advance and our facilities. Our leading laboratory for seed research and quality control is located in Brookings, South Dakota, USA and has been duplicated in Bangalore, India to meet local needs. The same is true of our good laboratory practice (GLP) lab network for residue analysis. The capabilities of our well-established GLP laboratories in Taunusstein, Germany and Rouen, France were replicated in the USA, at Brookings, which successfully passed its EPA inspection in 2013. Local requirements in South America are linked with the enforcement of local GLP regulations in Brazil and Argentina and plans for SGS to establish services locally are well advanced.

Our experience in performing field trials in South America and Asia Pacific/China fit well with the increasing demands to establish Maximum Residue Levels/Import Tolerances for agricultural commodities imported into Europe and the US.


Focusing on biological and residue trials within the agricultural environment, we have established effective and robust services to test new innovations in seed and crop protection. We offer all aspects of biology and residue/e-fate testing, from study design, planning and conduct to dossier writing. Our extensive experience in analytical science allows us to establish and validate methods in all types of matrices, to determine residue exposure and to assess the aligned risk to the environment, consumer or operator. Our laboratories are also recognised for their contribution to the assessment of residue exposure in aquatic and terrestrial environments, where we offer expertise in the capacity of either a Study Director, or a Principal Investigator.


SGS has seed and crop operations in more than 28 countries, providing worldwide coverage and access to all key markets encompassing crops for seed as well as plant protection product testing. Our strength is the biological and safety testing of seeds/crops and the environment. Further expansion is planned into Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Asia/Pacific and further into Europe.

Read more articles of our Seed and Crop Newsletter - February 2014.

For further information, please contact:
Andreas Zumdick
Global Business Manager
Seed & Crop Services
SGS Germany GMBH
Im Maisel 14, 65232 Taunusstein
m: +49 163 6688058