OECDENAMA's activities for the coordination and control of the OECD certification of agricultural and forestry tractors conducted by the Testing Centers operating in Italy.
OECD was established in 1961 and is an inter-governmental Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. It provides a forum in which governments can work together to develop testing Codes in order to increase the reliability of the results for the operators and to ensure that producers follow the correct procedures.
WHAT ARE OECD TRACTOR CODES?
The OECD Tractor Codes, in which are involved 34 countries and 32 Testing Stations, are rules and procedures for tractor testing which aim is to facilitate trade and safety through the international regulations. The result of the activity is to provide a certification for tractors and their protective structures assuring high quality products to all stakeholders.
WHICH ARE OECD TRACTOR CODES?
Actually there are 9 OECD Codes which cover the tractor performance testing: from noise levels at the operator’s driving position (protective cabs or frames) to operator safety (Roll-over Protective Structures -ROPS- or Falling Object Protective Structures –FOPS-).
WHICH IS THE ROLE OF THE COORDINATING CENTRE?
ENAMA got the third mandate as OECD Coordinating Centre on January 1st, 2016. ENAMA guarantes an impartial verification activity of test results and, at the end, the approval release. In particular, the Coordinating Centre provides the traceability and data availability, with accurate and fast verification of test reports, ensuring that test stations fulfill the Codes requirements.
The Coordinating Centre is an independent body and is not involved in the economic process.
Activities with OECDAs OECD Coordination Centre, ENAMA has been covering strategic roles for the national agricultural machinery industry for several years:
- Promotion of the needs of the national sector, according to the various subjects covered by the voting sessions at the Annual Meeting. This activity is particularly important as the OECD manages the Tractor Codes that provide technical performance and safety requirements for machines that are then required for approvals in various economic areas, including the EU and other economic areas in the world. As well known, the OECD, in its Schemes and Codes Section, develops the technical rules to regulate international products trade around the world, including agricultural tractors. In this way, ENAMA assumes a particular importance because it is a spokesman for the needs of the national sector in the world.
- OECD Coordination Center, or the Technical Center, which, on behalf of the OECD, verifies that the Codes testing activities in the world meet the requirements. In this way ENAMA releases OECD approvals in the world and has a unique and privileged observatory of the technological evolutions developed by Italian and foreign companies around the world.
- The development of the national test activity, which in the Tractor Codes now accounts for more than 40% of world activity thanks to an intense synergy between ENAMA and the Testing Centers that ENAMA has accredited.
- Framework Convention between OECD and ENAMA to develop new activities. This convention also includes the development of initiatives both in the field of agricultural mechanization and in the agro-energy sector.
- Consultancy provided by ENAMA on specific OECD problems.