official recognition of a test facility for plant protection products

Non-official experimental facilities operated or set up by a private or public body may be officially recognised on request.

A test facility is an official or officially recognized institution with organizationally independent, own material and personnel equipment for the purpose of carrying out tests to determine the effectiveness of plant protection products. Experimental facilities operated or set up by a private or public body may be officially recognised on request.

The application for official recognition must be made in writing. Proof of the existence of the conditions for recognition must be furnished by attaching appropriate documents.

  • Application is not form-bound
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance necessary: no


Recognition shall be granted if:

1. a permanent experimenter is employed who has completed a university or university of applied sciences degree in the field of agricultural, horticultural or forestry science or comparable sciences and has at least two years of professional experience in carrying out such experiments,

2. a suitable deputy for the investigator has been appointed,

3. a sufficient number of qualified employees is employed,

4. suitable for proper conduct of the experiment

(a) a sufficient number of premises;

(b) laboratory and outdoor equipment;

(c) test plots on a sufficient scale; and

(d) where necessary, greenhouses and climatic chambers;

are available,

5. the test guidelines to be used are known and available to the staff,

6. a list of ongoing and completed trials is kept for authorisation purposes, and

7. all records made in the course of the test are kept.

  • BVL - GEP Guideline
  • EPPO Standards

§ 8 Plant Protection Products Ordinance (PflSchMV)

Related Links

  • § 8 Plant Protection Products Ordinance (PflSchMV)
  • Regulation (EU) No 284/2013
  • JEP guide from 2013
  • Written application (not formally bound) accompanied by all documents proving the fulfilment of the requirements
  • Inspection of the test facility including logging
  • If necessary, issuing of conditions and / or additional demands for documents
  • If it can be proven that all requirements are met, the formalised certificate of recognition is issued, which is valid for a period of five years.

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