The Gatersleben seed store conserves about 130,000 accessions, held in five cold chambers which are maintained at -18ºC. Every year germination tests are carried out on about 12,000 accessions, and over 20,000 samples are distributed world-wide for research and breeding purposes. Multiplication is required for some 10,000 accessions per year. About 1,500 entries are maintained as living plants in vivo. A quality management system was established (ISO 9001:2015 certification), a measure which was taken to improve internal management practices. The full documentation of the management protocols ensures that the long-standing experience and knowledge of current employees is captured for the benefit of their successors.