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Plant protection equipment: apply for testing of new equipment and entry in the "Descriptive List
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
The Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) offers various types of voluntary testing with different scopes. The JKI enters the successfully tested crop protection devices or device parts in the so-called "Descriptive List". The devices listed there meet the legal requirements of the Plant Protection Act.
Users, for example in agriculture or horticulture, can use the "Descriptive List" to find out which plant protection equipment they can use to apply certain plant protection products that require approval. For manufacturers, the voluntary test is important, among other things, for the EU-wide sale of their equipment.
The JKI offers these voluntary tests:
- Testing for compliance with the requirements of the Plant Protection Act: In a document check, the JKI examines documents such as instructions for use, description sheets or technical data for completeness and plausibility. An optional technical check extends the document check to include a visual inspection of the device (without technical measurements). The successful check can be helpful for the CE declaration of conformity for the EU-wide distribution of your product.
- Test for JKI recognition: The JKI test seal "Officially tested and recognized" certifies properties of your crop protection device that go beyond the minimum standard required by law. The recognition includes technical tests in test stands of the JKI. Tests in practical use are carried out by the plant protection services of the federal states.
- Testing for entry in the "Descriptive List" as defined by the Plant Protection Act: Plant protection equipment that has already undergone the recognition procedure can additionally be tested for drift reduction or savings in plant protection products. These properties are important in practice so that, for example, certain crop protection products may be applied with your device.
You can submit the application for voluntary testing and entry in the "Descriptive List" by mail:
- Download the application form from the website of the Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI). Send the signed form with company stamp and the required documents by mail to the JKI.
- The JKI will check your documents and contact you if it needs further proof. If the anticipated fees and charges exceed EUR 5,000, the JKI will send you an advance invoice for 50 percent of the total costs.
- In the next step, the JKI will arrange an appointment with you for an inspection of your device or device part. The inspection usually takes place on site at the JKI in Braunschweig. You are responsible for the arrival and departure of the device. Please make sure that you are insured within the scope of the legal liability for damages during transport as well as during the test.
- After positive testing, the JKI will send you a notification. In addition, the JKI publishes your device in the "Descriptive List".
- You pay the amount still due for the test less any advance payment already made.
There are no prerequisites.
Which documents are required?
For voluntary testing, submit these documents:
- Instructions for use
- description of the device type
- pictorial representation of the complete device, for example as a photo
For JKI recognition additionally:
- Confirmation of the accident-proof design of the device. As a rule, you will receive this confirmation from the central association of the agricultural social insurance.
- if applicable: confirmation of compliance with the road traffic licensing regulations, for example in the case of trailers or self-propelled equipment
For the examination for entry in the "Descriptive List":
- List of designs to be entered on the "Loss Reducing Devices" list. This list may include all designs equipped with the device tested for drift reduction or pesticide savings, even if not tested as a complete device.
- List of designs to be entered in the "loss reducing devices" list
What are the fees?
The costs for voluntary testing depend on the type of your device as well as the testing effort. They are set out in the Ordinance on the Costs of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety and the Julius Kühn Institute in the Plant Protection Sector (Plant Protection Fee Ordinance). The JKI will tell you the expected costs before you start testing your device.
Cost framework for general processing of the application: 97.00 EUR - 350.00 EUR
- Cost framework for testing of equipment:
- Attachments, devices for the distribution of pellets as well as granules and dusts, self-propelled devices for the distribution of liquid plant protection products (including 1 set of nozzles or 1 distribution device): 2,300.00 EUR - 18,600.00 EUR
- Trailed and mounted equipment and self-propelled equipment whose dimensions or area performance are substantially higher than those of the usual equipment (including 1 set of nozzles): 2,600.00 EUR - 27,800.00 EUR
- backpackable motorized devices: 1.300,00 EUR - 8.600,00 EUR
- portable fog machines: 1.100,00 EUR - 5.900,00 EUR
- hand-operated back- or shoulder-mounted devices, including portable devices for enclosed spaces (for example, small foggers and vaporizers): 900.00 EUR - 4,700.00 EUR
- hand-held equipment for the application of solid or liquid plant protection products: 1,000.00 EUR - 4,700.00 EUR
- seed dressing equipment: 2.600,00 EUR - 18.600,00 EUR
- Spraying equipment for aircraft: 2.300,00 EUR - 21.600,00 EUR
- spraying equipment for rail vehicles: 2.600,00 EUR - 29.300,00 EUR
- other equipment (for example, equipment for soil decontamination, fumigation, rodent control): 900.00 - 18,300.00 EUR
- testing of drift reduction: 340,00 EUR - 1.000,00 EUR
- Testing of pesticide reduction: 340,00 EUR - 1.000,00 EUR
Cost frame for testing of equipment parts:
- Sprayer boom or blower (including 1 nozzle set or 1 nozzle bend): 2,400.00 EUR - 9,800.00 EUR
- Nozzle mouthpiece, nozzle plate or nozzle filter sets: 1.500,00 EUR - 6.000,00 EUR
- Hoses: 480,00 EUR - 2.300,00 EUR
- pumps: 590,00 EUR - 3.200,00 EUR
- other equipment parts: 420,00 EUR - 5.500,00 EUR
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
You do not have to meet any deadlines.
For more information on how to file an appeal, please refer to your notice.
Applications / forms
Forms available: Yes
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: No
Technically approved by
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)