PAE Session 9

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Event : PAE Session 9
Start Date : 2017-10-03
End Date : 2017-10-06
Organized at : , Montpellier, France-
Description :

Training activities on inspection and calibration of plant protection product application equipment in professional use have been arranged in compliance with the provisions of Directive 2009/128/EC under the Better Training for Safer Food initiative.

Six three-days courses will be organized in 2017 and 2018 on different locations with the purpose to train mainly official representatives of all the EU Members.


Topics included in the program are focused on main aspects related with the mandatory inspection of sprayers in use in EU and the calibration of sprayers, set by Directive 2009/128/EC.

Topics as official procedures of the inspections, the situation of ISO- or EN-standards, administrative procedures, technical requirements and differences among EU members will be addressed. Linked to that and concerning calibration of sprayers, aspects as nozzle selection process, determination of the optimal volume rate, drift reduction and good agricultural practices will be also covered. Precision agriculture has been also included as a part of the program, providing information about the state of the art and possibilities of new technologies to improve pesticide application.

The program has been organized combining administrative, technical and practical aspects (see Figure).

Workshops, discussion sessions and case studies have been selected as activities to make the course more profitable. Time distribution and activities have been carefully distributed.

Training center & Accommodation:

Supported participants and tutors will be welcomed and hosted at the Hôtel Kyriad Prestige Montpellier.
The Hotel address is:
Hôtel Kyriad Prestige Montpellier
Tournezy, 135 Rue Jugurtha,
34070 Montpellier, France
The Kyriad Hotel Prestige Montpellier Croix d’Argent is a brand new building with 100 spacious, air-conditioned rooms with high-tech equipment, and is ideally located for exploring Montpellier and the surrounding area.
The Hotel is easy to get to from the motorway and within easy reach of the resort of Grande Motte and the vast sandy beaches of Palavas les Flots, the southern Cevennes, and the place de la Comédie and the town centre. Montpellier airport and its TGV high-speed railway station are a short car journey from the Hotel.


The main objective is training the staff of competent authorities and other stakeholders in order to keep them updated with the aspects of EU law in the area of inspection and calibration of pesticide application equipment (PAE), being able to achieve a harmonized, objective and adequate process in all Member States (MS). Additionally it is intended to spread this activity among other countries outside EU, as relevant food suppliers to the EU.


Specific Objectives:

  • Ensure a harmonized, practical and suitable training process for staff in charge of the organization of inspector’s training activities in Europe.
  • Accomplish with the received mandate from European Commission in the sense of be ready to inspect all type of PAE, giving a training contents of all type of PAE suitable to be inspected.
  • Keep participants updated with the latest developments or developments in the spray application technologies.
  • Propose the requested knowledge and methods so that the staff in charge may guarantee a stand level of quality, not only during the training activities but also during the inspection procedure itself.
  • Give main directions and clear processes about the important aspects of calibration and maintenance of PAEs.
Deadline for registration:
Selection procedure:

The criterias to attend the training session should be the following:

  • Relevance to daily work: Staff of Competent Authority of the MS involved in officialcontrol activities and field inspectors of PAE. Also can be included delegates from candidate members and EFTA/EEA countries.
  • Sufficient level of language: participants should master the official language of thetraining sessions (English).
  • Ability to share their experience: priority will be given to participants whom the position will allow to share with colleagues the outputs of the training.

You are kindly invited to contact with your country SUD contacts (Sustainable Use Directive) in order to have the more suitable profiles for this course.

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