The Systems Approach to Nursery Certification
Certification of nursery stock for intrastate, interstate, and international shipping has become increasingly challenging for industry and regulatory agencies due to higher shipping volumes, increasing regulated pest pressure, more rigorous shipping requirements, and dwindling resources. The goal of SANC (Systems Approach to Nursery Certification) is to address these challenges and enhance existing programs.
SANC reduces pest risk associated with nursery stock by identifying and dealing with pest hazards at all stages in the plant production system. SANC-certified facilities use production practices that reduce the risk of spreading plant pests through trade.
“Going through the SANC process
helped us create a better organizational
structure. Putting our plan on paper
fortifies what we’ve been working towards.”
Walla Walla Nursery, WA
Refer to A Framework for a Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (pdf) for a complete explanation of the SANC system.
For more information on the progress of the SANC pilot program:
- 2014/15 Report: National Harmonized Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC) Project (pdf)
- May 2016, Evaluation Report for SANC Pilot Program (pdf)
Contact your State Plant Regulatory Agency to ask about SANC in your state, apply and set up a preliminary meeting.