Update on CSI's Response to COVID-19 - Seed Program

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

While the spread of COVID-19 in Canada seems to be stabilizing and the general environment seems to be improving, we do not want to be hasty in our decision to continue with our on-site audits.  The health and safety our clients, auditors and staff are our top priorities.  So, CSI will continue to suspend all on-site audit activities a little while longer. 

For RSEs and Seed Labs that are due for an audit this year, there still is plenty of time to schedule an audit.  If in early June, the social isolation requirements set by our federal and provincial governments persist, then we will begin to implement our remote seed program audit policy.  We realize that the conditions of the pandemic are different in each province, so this will factor into our decision regarding when and how to resume our normal service delivery. Given these regional differences, we may also choose a slightly different implementation timeline in each province. Different requirements may also apply to auditors who conduct audits outside of the province where they live, depending on the province where the audit is conducted.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.  We continue to wish you, your family and your staff good health!

Sincerely

Roy van Wyk and the Staff of CSI  

Roy van Wyk, Executive Director
Canadian Seed Institute
A partner in the Seed Synergy Collaboration