European Training

Innovative practices for Spraying Equipment, Training and Advising in European agriculture through the Mobilization of Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (INNOSETA)

For more information see:

European Projects page

flagueBetter Training for Safer Food (BTSF) – Pesticide Application Equipment

Training activity in different MS (Italy, Spain, Germany, Nederland, France) founded by CHAFEA (Consumer, Healt, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency of European Commission) and subsequently by HaDEA: (European Health and Digital Executive Agency of European Commission).

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). Additionaly it is intended to spread this activity among other countries outside EU, as relevant food suppliers to the EU.

Specific objectives are:

  • Knowledge

    Increase knowledge and awareness of EU regulations concerning inspection and calibration of pesticides application equipment (Sustainable Use Directive, Machine Directive, ISO standards for inspection of PAEs, ISO standards for new sprayer’s requirements, etc.) and sharing country’s experiences and knowledge;

  • Understanding

    Ensure a complete and better understanding on the field of inspections and calibrations of PAEs;

  • Guidelines

    Provide main guidelines and clear procedures on important aspects of calibration and maintenance of PAEs;

  • Harmonization

    Promote uniformity and harmonization of inspection procedures along MS of UE and networking among participants and ensure a harmonized, practical and suitable training process for staff in charge of the organization of inspector’s training activities in Europe;

  • Calibration

    Demonstrate the benefits (technical, economic and environmental) of the inspection procedure together with a proper calibration method;

  • Participant update

    Keep participants updated with the latest developments in the spray application technologies;

Gallery BTFS courses organised in Grugliasco Campus

The last course was organized in the Grugliasco campus on 20-24 September 2022.

Next course in the Grugliasco Campus: 28-31 may 2024.

TOPPS Water Protection Courses (Topps Academy)topps_logo

Courses founded by ECPA (European association of crop protection industry) focused on intensive dissemination of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and the extension of TOPPS – BMPs to new countries partners of Topps Project (for more information see European Projects page). The first three editions (2015, 2016 and 2018) saw the participation of more than 70 technicians and trainers.

Gallery TOPPS courses 2015, 2016 and 2018

Fourth course Topps water Protection: 4-7 October 2022 – Grugliasco Campus (30 partecipants)