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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 nematicide applicators
          b. All other equipment to SUD requirements
*The legal requirements are contained in the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012