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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 pesticides with a fogging machine 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. Fresh Produce Assurance Scheme Requirements

          Annual testing of potato sprout suppressant applicators          

*The legal requirements are contained in the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012