Seeds NRL

GEVES (SNES) is a National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for seed certification, for species listed in directives 2002/54, 2002/55, 2002/57, 66/401 and 66/402.

Missions & Mandate

As NRL, GEVES is the technical reference for seed quality testing, providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture, the competent authorities, and accredited and approved laboratories.

Technical Support

NRLs are a key source of technical support for the authorities and for accredited and approved laboratories. As part of its NRL role, the SNES organises ILC testing, provides specialised training, and carries out auditing services.

Testing Methods

As part of its NRL activities, the SNES develops, optimises, and validates testing methods, and helps to standardise and formalise these methods.

In view of the French government's lockdown measures relating to COVID-19, GEVES’s activities have been significantly altered and our staff are working from home wherever possible. GEVES is currently maintaining its official missions which cannot be deferred.

In order for us to meet your demand as efficiently as possible, please contact us by email rather than postal mail.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with your usual GEVES contact by email or send a message to

We hope you can get through this time as calmly as possibly. Stay healthy, and stay in touch.