From the 26 November 2020, all machines applying plant protection products must be tested in accordance with a schedule determined by the type and age of equipment being used.

New sprayers
• Due a first test within 5 years

Boom sprayers over 3 metres wide, air blast sprayers, train and aircraft sprayers
• From 26 November 2020 all sprayers over 5 years old must have been tested within the last 3 years
• Sprayers tested before 26 November 2017 are due for re-test within 5 years or before 26th November 2020
• Sprayers tested after 26 November 2017 are due for re-test within 3 years
• Thereafter, all sprayers are due for re-test every 3 years

Boom sprayers 3 metres and under, and other types of PAE (including slug pellet applicators, micro-granular applicators, weed wipers, seed treatment and other specialist application equipment) 
• First test due before the machine is 5 years old
• Re-test every 6 years

Knapsack, handheld and pedestrian equipment
• Do not require a formal test but need to be checked
• Make any repairs as necessary
• You should keep a record of the inspection

Further information is available from the National Sprayer Testing Scheme website

For advice on rural legislation and all rural property matters, please call Alex Orttewell or Richard Edge on 01935 852170 or email