National Certification System for Tissue Culture Raised Plants (NCS-TCP) is being implemented by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India since year 2006, as per the Gazette of India Notification under the Seeds Act. 1966. NCS-TCP has been instrumental in building capacities of the tissue culture companies for producing quality planting material and also enhancing their market reach through a certification process.
NCS-TCP is unique, dynamic and comprehensive system which is one of its kind in the world. For the successful implementation of NCS-TCP DBT has identified NCS-TCP Management Cell (NMC), Referral Centers (RCs) and Accredited Test Laboratories (ATLs). Tissue culture production facilities get recognition under this quality management system based on compliance with technical capabilities, infrastructure, package of practices and documentation/ record keeping. Once the tissue culture production facility is recognized they become eligible to get there tissue culture raised planting material certified from ATL. The certified batches of tissue culture raised plants are provided with certification labels enabled with barcode. This barcode provide end users to trace back history of plants from where the tissue culture raised planting material are derived.