Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.



1. General
The Seed Certification On-Line System allows persons engaged in seed industry activities to send information over the Internet, view records online and make payments. In the future, additional services and features may be added.
2. Registration & Enrolment
You can register and enrol for the Seed Certification On-Line System from the PVS website. If you register and enrol on the Defra website, the details you provide to enrol for a service will be passed to the Government Gateway for verification (on behalf of Defra). If successful, your registration details, including your name and e-mail address (optional), will be stored securely on the Government Gateway system, in accordance with the Gateway privacy policy. You can view the Government Gateway privacy policy on the Gateway web pages at Your e-mail address, if provided, may be used by the Government Gateway to communicate with you and to forward messages to you in relation to other Government online services if you choose to enrol for these services.
3. User ID & Password
Your User ID and Password will be held securely on the Government Gateway and will not be made available to Government Departments. The Government Gateway uses the postal address registered on the Seed Certification On-Line System to send you confirmation of your User ID. After the Gateway has sent this information, your address will be deleted from the Government Gateway.
4. De-enrolment
If you no longer wish to be enrolled for the Seed Certification On-Line System, you can de-enrol by selecting the ‘Register and Enrol’ link and then select the ‘Logon and manage my account option’. Once logged in select Manage my Services to de-enrol.
5. Login
When registered, you can login on the Seed Certification On-Line System using your User ID and Password (or digital certificate) to access the services. Your encrypted User ID and Password (or digital certificate) will be passed to the Government Gateway for authentication.
6. Making an application
An authenticated application form sent over the internet and accepted by Defra’s systems has the same legal validity and implications as a signed paper application delivered to Defra Plant Varieties and Seeds Division.


7. Security
You must always keep your User ID and Password safe and secret. If you have forgotten your password, to Self-Serve click here, select Logon to the application (Next) and I have forgotten my password. In order to Self-Serve, you will need to have previously set up a Recovery Word. If you have not done so or do not remember your Recovery Word, please contact the PVS Helpdesk or telephone 0122 334 2319 to have your password reset. Please note that users will be locked out of their account if they enter the wrong user ID or password 3 times. Their account will be unlocked after 2 hours. Helpdesk advisers can’t help unlock this.

8. General
We may revise these terms and conditions as we develop our services. By accepting these terms and conditions you agree that we may:

  • use this Internet service for any part of our dealings with you in relation to any of the services you are enrolled for

  • withdraw or add services and features or change the way in which you may access those services without prior notice - although we shall try to give you notice of any changes.
9. Virus Protection
We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.
10. Intellectual property
The names, images and logos identifying Defra, UK online, government departments, third parties and their information, products and services are proprietary marks of the Crown and/or third parties.

Copying or use of our logos and/or any other third party logos accessed via this website is not permitted without prior approval from the relevant copyright owner.

11. Disclaimer
The Defra government uk website and material relating to Government information, products and services (or to third party information, products and services) is provided "as is" without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.
12. Applicable Law
The terms and conditions of this agreement will be construed in accordance with English law and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.