Recognition of Tissue Culture Production Facilities

Plant Tissue Culture Technology offers great promise for the production of quality planting material which is disease free and true to type/ genetic uniform produced through micropropagation techniques. The need for a certification programme for the tissue culture plants is imperative since inadvertent micropropagation of virus infected plants will not only result in its poor performance, but also in undesirable spread of viruses wherever such plants are grown. Also, failure to use prescribed standard protocols will result in variations in the plants produced.

The National Certification System for Tissue Culture raised Plants (NCS-TCP) has been developed for the first time to provide support to Plant Tissue Culture Industry to facilitate production of quality planting material through tissue culture/micropropagation. The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, as authorized under Section-8 of Seeds Act 1966, vide Gazette Notification dated 10th March 2006 is the Certification Agency for the purpose for certification of the tissue culture raised propagules up to laboratory level and to regulate its genetic fidelity as prescribed.

Tissue Culture Production facilities can get their material certified under this programme from Accredited Test laboratories as per prescribed criteria. Only Recognized Tissue Culture Production facilities are eligible to register for certification of their material.

The Project Management Unit (PMU) has been set-up at Biotech Consortium India Limited, New Delhi for assisting the DBT in implementation of this programme and in undertaking and Recognition of Tissue Culture Production Facilities.

Who can apply for Recognition of Tissue Culture Production Facility

Any Tissue Culture Production Facility, which is producing Tissue Culture Plants on a commercial scale with minimum capacity of half million plants/year and fully operational, either for export or domestic market is eligible to apply for recognition. The production facility could be from the public sector, private sector or not for profit organization. The details of the NCS-TCP, Criteria for Recognition of Production Facility for submitting applications, application form and detailed guidelines are available on

When to Apply

Application for Recognition of Tissue Culture Production Facilities may be submitted at any time; the assessment process for recognition will take 8 -12 weeks. It is advised that laboratory should be fully functional in terms of in vitro multiplication as well as hardening of plantlets for for further assessment by the expert committee during site visit.

Where to Apply

Applications for Recognition of Tissue Culture Production Facility may be submitted in the prescribed format along with the registration fee of Rs.2000/- (Rupees two thousand only) through online transfer as detailed below:

Beneficiary Name : BCIL Ac NCSTCP
Account No. : 0158201031402
Type of Account : Current Account
Bank : Canara Bank
Branch : Deendayal Marg, New Delhi
IFSC Code: CNRB0000158

How to Apply

A soft copy may be submitted through e-mail in addition to soft copy 5 hard copies of application to be submitted by post at the above address. The Accreditation cell of PMU will examine and request for additional information if any. The desired inspection fee would be payable prior to the site visit on receipt of formal intimation by Accreditation cell of PMU.

Fee structure for Recognition of Tissue Culture Production Facilities

       (Figures in Rs.)


Small-scale companies
(Upto 1X106 plantlets/annum)

Medium-scale companies
(1 to 3 million plantlets/annum)

Large-scale companies
(> 3 X106 plantlets/annum)

Registration fee




Inspection and report preparation




Processing and Certification




Period of validity of Certification is Two Years

  • Registration renewal fee will be charged @ 25% of the registration fee
  • Guidelines on renewal of “Recognition” under NCS-TCP
  • Only Registration fee to be deposited at the time of Application submission, payable as Demand Draft in favour of "Biotech Consortium India Ltd."

    Application Form