The NSTS testing service is available through Acare. The object of the scheme is to ensure a continuous standard of SAFE and ACCURATE chemical, granule, slug pellet and fertiliser application. Tests can be carried out either on your own farm or here at our Walsingham premises by our NSTS trained engineers. Please read a little more about the scheme below (Courtesy NSTS) or have a look at the NSTS website.
Sprayer and pellet spreader testing
Who does the test?
The test will be undertaken by a "test centre", of which Acare Services is one of course, and is conducted by a trained examiner who holds a valid NPTC level 3 Certificate of Competence.
Can the test be done on my own farm?
Yes - provided you dispose of any wastewater under the terms of the Groundwater Regulations.
What does the test cover?
The test covers:
Delivery system - tanks and lids, pump, spray controls, pipe work and hoses
Can all types of application equipment be tested be tested?
Yes - although primarily aimed at hydraulic field sprayers most application equipment can be included in the scheme including granular applicators. The scheme is also open to equipment used in the amenity, public health and industrial sectors.
Is a test a legal requirement under FEP?
No - however, since the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 is enabling legislation, the requirements for sprayer tests could quite easily be introduced. Statutory sprayer testing is common in other European countries.
Are the test results published?
No - the confidentiality of all information, including test results, is protected under the Data Protection Act.
Who administers the register?
The Schemes Management Board is drawn from representatives from application technology, contracting, training and users together with representatives from Government and environmental organisations. The AEA administers the scheme on their behalf.
What does it cost?
Test charges vary according to the size and complexity of the sprayer. The cost of the test can be recouped in a few hectares. E.g. In winter wheat under 30ha. For further information please don't hesitate to contact us.