Directive 2009/127/EC amending Directive 2006/42/EC with regard to machinery for pesticide application
Machinery used for applying pesticides in European farms, orchards, vineyards, parks and gardens will be more environmentally friendly, thanks to an amendment to the Machinery Directive published in November 2009.
The amendment to the Machinery set out in Directive 2009/127/EC will make a significant contribution to the protection of the environment and human health.
It will help European farmers and gardeners to limit the quantity of pesticides used. The machinery must be designed so that pesticides can be applied only where they are needed.
At the same time, the use of the Machinery Directive avoids creating new burdens for the machinery manufacturers, since existing procedures can be used.
The Machinery Directive already fixes harmonised health and safety requirements for all new machinery sold in the EU.
This latest amendment means that, for the first time, the Directive will also cover certain environmental protection requirements.
The new requirements, included in a new section 2.4 of Annex I, apply to just one category of machinery - the machinery used to apply pesticides to plants grown in European farms, orchards, vineyards, parks and gardens.
The machinery concerned ranges from the large sprayers used by farmers to the smaller, portable equipment used by gardeners.
This amendment of the Machinery Directive completes the package of legislative measures foreseen in the thematic strategy for the sustainable use of pesticides adopted by the European Commission in 2006.
The new requirements set out in Directive 2009/127/EC will become applicable on 15 December 2011.