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FAQs on NCS-TCP

What does NCS-TCP stand for?

What is NCS-TCP?

What is the role of Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) under NCS-TCP?

Who can apply for recognition?

When to apply for recognition under NCS-TCP?

How to apply for recognition under NCS-TCP?

Where to get application form from for recognition under NCS-TCP?

What is the fee structure for recognition under NCS-TCP?

When I need to pay certification fee?

Can we pay by cash or Cheque also?

What are the various steps involved in the processing of application for recognition?

What are the criteria on which the tissue culture production facilities are evaluated during site visit?

What are the various viruses which are covered under NCS-TCP?

What are the tissue culture standards for various plant tissue culture?

What is the duration of validity of Certificates of Recognition and Accreditation?

Is there any defined layout for tissue culture production facility in order to get recognition?

 

Q.What does NCS-TCP stand for?

NCS-TCP stands for "National Certification System for Tissue Culture Raised Plants" (NCS-TCP).

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Q. What is NCS-TCP?

It is a unique quality management system established by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, under the "Seeds Act, 1966" of the Ministry of Agriculture for ensuring production and distribution of quality tissue culture planting materials.

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Q.What is the role of Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) under NCS-TCP?

BCIL is the company promoted by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India to facilitate accelerated commercialization of biotechnology. The major areas of activity include technology transfer, consultancy, information dissemination, manpower training, Intellectual Property Protection and project management. BCIL is closely associated with tissue culture industry and various stages of evolution of NCS-TCP. BCIL is the Project Management Unit of NCS-TCP.

  • As the PMU, BCIL has been assisting DBT in Accreditation of Test Laboratories and Recognition of Tissue Culture Production facilities in addition to coordinating the several components and various activities under NCS-TCP.

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Q. What is the minimum production capacity to apply for recognition under NCS-TCP?

The minimum production capacity to apply for recognition under NCS-TCP for Tissue Culture Production Facilities (TCPFs) is 0.5 million plant per annum (i.e. 5,00,000 plants per annum). It may also be noted that tissue culture production facility should be operational at the time of applying for recognition.

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Q. Who can apply for recognition?

Any tissue culture production facility (Public sector, Private sector, NGO and others) engaged in production of Tissue Culture Plant with minimum production capacity of 0.5 million plants can apply. The commercial laboratory should be operational at the time of submission of application.

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Q. When to apply for recognition under NCS-TCP?

The applications are accepted round the year.

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Q. How to apply for recognition under NCS-TCP?

The duly filled application form in 5 sets along with demand draft of Rs. 2000/- (Rupees Two Thousand Only) towards registration can be send to Biotech Consortium India Ltd. New Delhi by post.

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Q. Where to get application form for recognition under NCS-TCP?

The application form can be downloaded from following link

http://dbtncstcp.nic.in/html/content/downloadapplication.html

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Q. What is the fee structure for recognition under NCS-TCP?

Fee structure for recognition under NCS-TCP

Particulars

Figures in Indian Rupees

Medium-scale companies
(1000000 to 3000000 plantlets/annum)

Large-scale companies
(> 3000000 plantlets/annum)

Registration fee

2000*

2000*

2000*

Inspection and report preparation

2000

6000

10000

Processing and Certification

5000

5000

5000

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Q. When do I need to pay certification fee?

After getting approval from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India on the basis of assessment made by experts subsequent to site visit, TCPUs will be asked to pay the certification fee of Rs: 5000/ (Rupee: Five thousand only).

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Q.Can we pay by cash or Cheque also?

No, all the prescribed fees need to be paid in the form of demand draft in favour of "Biotech Consortium India Ltd." Payable at New Delhi.

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Q.What are the various steps involved in the processing of application for recognition?

Schematic representation for the various steps involved in the application processing http://www.dbtncstcp.nic.in/downloads/Process_of_Recognition.pdf.

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Q. What are the criteria on which the tissue culture production facilities are evaluated during site visit?

The tissue culture production facilities are evaluated with respect to prescribed standards. The standards are at below link:
http://www.dbtncstcp.nic.in/downloads/NCS-TCP%20guidelines.pdf

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Q.What are the various viruses which are covered under NCS-TCP?

The list of viruses in various crops can be downloaded from the below link:
http://www.dbtncstcp.nic.in/List of viruses covered under NCS-TCP

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Q. What are the tissue culture standards for various plant tissue culture?

The tissue culture standards for the TCP for various crops can be accessed in the following link:
http://www.dbtncstcp.nic.in/html/tc_Standards/t_c_standards.html

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Q. What is the duration of validity of Certificates of Recognition and Accreditation?

The validity of Certificate of Accreditation and Recognition is 2 years which is subject to renewal.

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Q. Is there any defined layout for tissue culture production facility in order to get recognition?

There is no fixed layout for tissue culture production facility as it varies according to production capacity, location and crop specific requirements. However, facility should meet the specified requirements namely availability of dedicated areas (washing, media preparation, media storage, inoculation, growth room, grading area, hardening and nursery), maintenance of sterility class 1,00,000 in sterile areas. The facility should also avoid criss-cross man and material movement between sterile and non-sterile zone, availability of emergency exit and double door in hardening area. Click here to view the indicative layout of tissue culture production facility.

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