French Interprofessional Organisation|for Seeds and Plants

International relations

SEMAE provides guidance on how to develop a viable seed industry that respects international standards

7 partnerships in progress!

Learn more

ASFIS: French training, consultancy and expertise assessment for the seed sector

More than 120 themes of training offered every year!

Learn more

France: world leader of seed exports, with 1.8 billion euros

November 18, 2020

Learn more

Plant breeders contribute to the continued supply of a wide range of improved plant varieties

Learn more

SEMAE is the French Interprofessional Organisation for Seeds and Plants.

SEMAE facilitates discussions, exchanges, and decision-making by all stakeholders of the seed sector.

Find out more about SEMAE’s objectives


The certification of seeds and seedlings public service is carried out by SOC, the official service for control and certification of seeds and plants.

SOC also verifies compliance with phytosanitary regulations. SOC is a specific technical department in charge of the public mission entrusted to SEMAE by French regulation. The department is run by a senior state official appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture, who also represents France at the OECD and UNECE on matters involving seeds certification.

Find out more about SOC


France, world seed leader


european seed producer


new varieties per year

€3.3 billion 

sector's turnover



Seeds, A Solution to Current and Future Food Challenges