In many European countries there is environmental legislation that requires unsprayed buffer strips to be left beside environmentally sensitive areas such as surface water. However, authorities in the UK, France, Germany and Netherlands have developed testing protocols that classify whether a subject nozzle is drift-reducing, if they can meet the required national standard then the buffer zones may be reduced or eliminated.
In France, data of drift reduction is submitted to the Ministere de l’Agriculture by the Cemagref Institute.
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