In force since November 1, 2022, Ordinance 501/22, published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa), aims to regulate issues related to the National Registry of Seeds and Seedlings (Renasem).

The ordinance complements Law 10.711/03 and Decree 10.586/20, the two main normative instruments that establish the National System of Seeds and Seedlings (SNSM), whose purpose is "to ensure the identity and quality of the material of multiplication and plant reproduction produced, marketed and used throughout the national territory".[1]

According to Article 3 of Law 10.711/03, the SNSM covers several activities, such as production, certification, analysis, marketing and use of seeds and seedlings. Individuals or legal entities performing the activities included in the system must register with the National Registry of Seeds and Seedlings (Renasem).

Renasem is a single record, valid throughout the national territory, linked to a CPF or CNPJ. Its purpose is to enable on the Map people who "perform the activities of production, processing, repackaging, storage, analysis or trade of seeds or seedlings and the activities of technical responsibility, certification, sampling, collection or analysis of seeds or seedlings".[2]

Ordinance 501/22 establishes the details, specificities and procedures for the registration and accreditation of all SNSM entities in Renasem. Among the regulations, we highlight the definition of the deadline for the survey prior to the granting of registration or accreditation and the definition of the validity period of registration and accreditation in Renasem.

Regarding the inspection deadline, the previous standard – regulated by Normative Instruction 9/05 and Normative Instruction 24/05, both of the Map – established that the inspection should take place no later than ten days after the legal requirements were meet. This period was extended to 30 days, to enable the previous technical evaluation, when necessary, after meeting the requirements related to the documents.

As for the validity of the registration and accreditation in  Renasem, the previous rule provided for three years, with the possibility of renewal. With the new standard, the term becomes five years, with the possibility of renewal successively for equal periods.

Ordinance 501/22 also details the requirements of the Map so that individuals and legal entities can register and obtain accreditation in Renasem. The standard presents all the information and documents necessary for registration in each of the activities provided for in Law 10.711/03 and Decree 10.586/20. Registration can be made via electronic system.

The determinations brought by the new standard are important updates for the operation of SNSM and Renasem, mainly due to the increase of the registration period for the qualified and the detailing of the previous surveys to be carried out.


[1] Art. 1 of Law 10.711/03

[2] Art. 4 of Decree 10,586/20