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The Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) requires that all pesticide application equipment (PAE) is tested on a regular basis*

Any machine applying pesticides must be tested by the relevant dates. Timescales of test vary depending on type and size of equipment.
Machines applying micro-granular pesticides must be tested to the timescales specified below

1. SUD Requirements
          a. First test due before the machine is 5 years old
          b. Re-test every 6 years

Additional Requirements

2. Crops and Fresh Produce Assurance Scheme Requirements
          a. Annual testing of granular nematicide applicators
          b. All other equipment to SUD requirements
*The legal requirements are contained in the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012