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Text of the Agreement and Annex

(Updated Version June 16th 2009)
AGREEMENT AMONG
  1. HBLFA Francisco Josephinum Wieselburg - Biomass, Logistics, Technology, Hereinafter referred to as the "FJ-BLT" - Rottenhauser Straße, 1, 3250 Wieselburg, Austria;
  2. Aarhus University, Department of Agricultural Engineering - Engineering Centre Bygholm, Hereinafter "AU-DAE" - Schüttesvej 17, DK 8700 Horsens, Denmark;
  3. Cemagref - Institut de recherche pour l'ingénierie de l'agriculture et de l'environnement, Hereinafter "Cemagref" - Parc de Tourvoie BP 44, 92163 Antony Cedex, France;
  4. Deutsche Landwirtschafts - Gesellschaft e. V., Hereinafter "DLG" - Max Eyth Weg 1 D - 64823 Groß-Umstadt, Germany;
  5. Julius Kühn-Institut - Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, Hereinafter "JKI" - Messeweg 11/12, 38104 Braunschweig, Germany;
  6. Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik, Hereinafter "KWF" - Spremberger Straße 1, 64823 Gross-Umstadt, Germany;
  7. National Agricultural Research Foundation, Hereinafter "NAGREF" - 61 Democratias st., 135 61 Agii Anargyri Attikis, Greece;
  8. Mezogazdasági Gépesítési Intézet - MGI, Hereinafter "HIAE" - H2100 Gödöllo, Tessedik S. U. 4., P.O. Box 403, Hungary;
  9. Ente Nazionale per la Meccanizzazione Agricola, Hereinafter "ENAMA" - Via Venafro 5, 00159 Roma, Italy;
  10. Przemyslowy Instytut Maszyn Rolniczych, Hereinafter "PIMR" - ul. Starolecka 31, 60-963 Poznan, Poland;
  11. Centre de Mecanització Agrària, Hereinafter "CMA" - Rovira Roure 191, 25198 Lleida, Spain;
  12. Estación de Mecánica Agrícola - Centro Nacional de Tecnología de Regadíos, Hereinafter "EMA - CENTER" - Ctra. De Toledo Km 6.8, 28916 Leganés (Madrid), Spain;
  13. Forschungsanstalt Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART, Hereinafter "ART" - CH 8356 Ettenhausen, Switzerland;

CONSIDERING that:
  • the above mentioned Institutions want to co-operate in order to improve their activities in the field of agricultural and forestry engineering through common projects and activities;
  • the above mentioned Institutions carry out voluntary or compulsory testing in the field of agricultural and forestry engineering assessing performances and/or safety, and/or environmental protection, and/or animal welfare requirements in animal husbandry and/or other aspects;
  • the above mentioned Institutions carry out activities in order to inform operators on the best use of equipment in the field of agricultural and forestry engineering through extensions services, publications and other activities;
  • the above mentioned Institutions carry out research and development projects in the field of agricultural and forestry engineering;

    and that

  • the above mentioned Institutions wish to strengthen the cooperation among themselves with the aim to develop and optimise efforts in order to reach high level results;
WE AGREE THAT:

Art. 1
(Participants)

This Agreement concerns the testing stations belonging to the following Institutions:
  • HBLFA Francisco Josephinum Wieselburg - Biomass, Logistics, Technology, "FJ-BLT";
  • Aarhus University, Department of Agricultural Engineering - Engineering Centre Bygholm,"AU-DAE";
  • Cemagref - Institut de recherche pour l'ingénierie de l'agriculture et de l'environnement, "Cemagref";
  • Deutsche Landwirtschafts - Gesellschaft e. V., "DLG";
  • Julius Kühn-Institut - Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, "JKI";
  • Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik,"KWF";
  • National Agricultural Research Foundation,"NAGREF";
  • Mezogazdasági Gépesítési Intézet - MGI, "HIAE";
  • Ente Nazionale per la Meccanizzazione Agricola, "ENAMA";
  • Przemyslowy Instytut Maszyn Rolniczych, "PIMR";
  • Centre de Mecanització Agrària, "CMA";
  • Estación de Mecánica Agrícola - Centro Nacional de Tecnología de Regadíos,"EMA - CENTER";
  • Forschungsanstalt Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART, "ART";

    Other participants may be joined under the approval of all the above mentioned Members.
Art. 2
(Aims)

The Institutions in art. 1 are joined in the ENTAM - European Network for Testing Agricultural Machines and act as ENTAM Members for at least one of the following aim:
  • develop common activities in the field of agricultural and forestry engineering;
  • develop common activities and documents with the aim to develop testing activities for the mutual recognition of test and test reports in the field of agricultural and forestry engineering;
  • develop common research projects;
  • promote the exchange of information among the Institutions;
  • keep contacts with other National, International, public and private Institutions.
Art.3
(ENTAM membership)

1. Ordinary Members

ENTAM Members can be involved in the network activities based on a 3-level membership. All levels have the right to vote during the Annual Meeting and a higher level includes also the activities stated in the lower levels:
  • The "Associated" membership implies the possible recognition of test reports made by other Members and the participation at the Annual Meetings as well as other activities, except those stated for full or premium members.
  • The "Full" membership gives the Member the possibility to carry out tests that can be recognized by other Members or become an ENTAM recognized test.
  • The "Premium" membership implies an unlimited involvement in the activities of the ENTAM with an active participation to international projects and the access to the funds raised through these extra activities.

A Member can change level of membership. The request of change as well as new applications have to be expressed and published at the Annual Meeting. No change from a higher to a lower level can be made by a Member if he is participating in an activity which is referred to the higher level.

2. Observer Members

New applications for the ENTAM membership will be presented during the Annual Meeting and should be approved by all Members. The new Members are accepted as "Observer" Members.
The "Observer" Members who want to reach the level of "full" or "premium" membership listed in point 1 must prove their ability of conducting tests on the ENTAM quality level, the final decision is taken during the following annual meeting.

3. Honorary Members

The "Honorary" membership is appointed to International Organisations.

Art. 4
(Test recognition)
  1. To reach the aim of a common testing activity and a mutual recognition of the tests the Institutions listed in art. 1 work on the basis of ENTAM common testing procedures or methodologies ("ENTAM common methodology"). Every testing procedure must be based on official international standards (ISO, EN), and common testing procedures agreed by all Institutions working in the related Technical Working Group or Team of Competence. Aim of this activity is to carry out tests which are summarized in an ENTAM Test Report that can be mutually recognized by the ENTAM Members.
  2. "Technical Working Groups" (TWG) are in charge of developing the ENTAM common methodology, the establishment of a technical working group is approved during the annual meeting.
  3. "Team of Competences" (ToC) are responsible for the ENTAM recognition of the test reports, the institution of a team of competence is approved during the annual meeting.
  4. The test recognition procedure and validity is defined in the Annex with the final aim to reach a common test recognition system for ENTAM tests.

Art. 5
(ENTAM organization)
  1. The ENTAM Members listed in art. 3.1 elect a Chairman who acts and represents the ENTAM at international level, summons the annual meeting, fosters the cooperation among the Members for the achievements of the goals listed in art. 2.
  2. The chairman election will take place during the Annual Meeting with the procedure of majority. The Chairman is elected for a period of 2 years and can be elected for one or more mandates.
  3. An annual membership fee has to be paid for the functioning of the Agreement and the amount will be defined in every Annual Meeting.
  4. During the Annual Meeting a Board of Auditors is elected. The Board is made of two ENTAM Members representatives and is in charge of the review of all the financial aspects related to the ENTAM Network. The Board of Auditors will report to the ENTAM Members during the Annual Meeting for the approval of the ENTAM annual balance.
  5. In order to perform the aims stated in art.2 during the Annual Meeting Technical Working Groups and/or Teams of Competences can be settled.
Art. 6
(Meetings)
  1. All the ENTAM Members are invited to meet themselves at least once a year. The Annual Meeting is summoned by the Chairman and is organized by one of the ENTAM Members. The Chairman can postpone the Annual Meeting with motivated reason.
  2. During the Annual Meeting the balance and activities of the previous year should be approved as well as the budget for the new year. The membership fee for the coming year is proposed by the Chairman and approved during the annual meeting.
  3. All the decisions taken during the Annual Meeting must be approved by the majority of the Members listed in art. 1. Only the application of new Members should be approved unanimously.
  4. The operating costs of the Meetings are supported by every Institution for its own representatives.
  5. The meetings related to the activity of the technical working groups or to the Team of Competence are summoned by the leader of the Technical Working Group/Team of Competence.
Art.7
(Expiration)
  1. This Agreement will last for five years and is naturally renewed at every expiration for the same period. It can be modified by the unanimous vote of the participating Members at the annual meeting.
  2. All Members signing this Agreement can withdraw from it through a request presented during the annual meeting.
Art.8

An Annex regulating the practical activities is part of this Agreement and can be modified by the majority of the ENTAM Members listed in Art. 1.

 

ANNEX TO THE AGREEMENT OF THE ENTAM - European Network for Testing Agricultural Machines

A - General Agreements

1 In order to support the mutual recognition of the test carried out by the testing station of the ENTAM Members, the results of the tests have to be summarized in a test report in English language.

2 Each signer of the Agreement listed in art. 3.1 must define the typologies of agricultural machines that can be tested by its own testing station in order to make the work of the ENTAM easier. These competences will be published on the ENTAM website (www.entam.net) so that the applicant for a test, farmers and everyone else will know the skills and competences of the Members of the Network.

3 The ENTAM website is set up in order to show the activities of the ENTAM, to publish all the Test Reports and to spread the name and the goals of ENTAM. In this Website a restricted area (password-protected) is installed in order to publish all confidential documents accessible only to the Members.

B - ENTAM Testing

The ENTAM testing procedure of a machine/equipment is the following:

1 The applicant asks an ENTAM Full or Premium Member to test a machine or equipment for the purposes considered in the agreement.

2 The test is carried out by the ENTAM Member who may contract with other institutions under its own coordination and responsibility. The tests are carried out according to ISO, EN standards or, if available, to an ENTAM common methodology. When there is not an international test methodology the test can be carried out according a National Standard or Protocol adopted by the ENTAM Member. The ENTAM common methodology consists of technical instructions which are discussed, approved and updated unanimously by a specific Technical Working Group (hereinafter "TWG") held by the ENTAM Members. The ENTAM TWG is made up of the experts in a particular type of machine or equipment designated by the ENTAM Members and its aim is to define the ENTAM common methodology for testing that kind of machine or equipment according to the international standards and/or common agreements assuring a uniform testing by the different testing stations within the ENTAM.

3 At the end of the testing activities, a test report containing the results is issued by the ENTAM Member. If another ENTAM Member has been involved in the test, the report is endowed with its mark too. In any case the responsibility of the test report and the quality of the results are of the performing Member. The Test Report in English language should be sent to the ENTAM Office that will inform all the Members and put it on the ENTAM website as a "ENTAM Registered" Test Report.

4 All the Test Reports produced by the ENTAM Members shall be sent, with their English translation, to the ENTAM Office once a month in order to publish them on the ENTAM Website and recorded in the ENTAM database with the "ENTAM registered" Mark.

5 On every Test Report the last page should contain the "ENTAM" Logo and the following sentence: "The present Test Report is made under the performing Institution responsibility and is registered at ENTAM (European Network for Testing Agricultural Machines) as the performing Institution is a Member of this Network. ENTAM has the aim of establishing tests carried out on performance, safety and environmental aspects of agricultural and forestry machinery and implements. Please find more information about the network at www.entam.net or send an email to info@entam.com."

C - ENTAM Recognition of the Test

The ENTAM aim is to settle a test recognition process based on the ENTAM Common Methodologies (as defined in point B.2) and on the assessment of the ENTAM Team of Competence (ToC). The ToC is made of a restricted group of experts chosen among those of the corresponding ENTAM TWG and is in charge of the ENTAM recognition of the test assuring the correspondence of the technical paper data to the related ENTAM common methodology.

When an applicant asks for the ENTAM recognition of a test carried out in compliance to paragraph B, the following procedure has to be followed:

C.1: the test was carried out according an ENTAM Common Methodology and is evaluated by a Team of Competence (ToC):

1 the applicant must ask the ENTAM Member who performed the test to start the ENTAM recognition process.

2 The ENTAM Member starts the recognition process sending by e-mail to the ENTAM office the request of recognition with the recognition files in English language. The ENTAM office forwards the request of recognition with the recognition files to the ToC coordinator and the ToC Members; the other ENTAM Members receive the mail in cc for information.

3 Each ToC member evaluates the test recognition request and issues the recognition giving his recognition number to the test and sending it by e-mail within 3 weeks to the ENTAM office (putting in cc the ToC coordinator).

4 If all ToC Members have given their recognition numbers, the ToC coordinator declares to the ENTAM office that the test is officially "ENTAM recognized".

5 After that the ToC Members have officially recognized the test, all the other ENTAM Members are informed and must send by mail to the ENTAM Office their recognition numbers within 3 weeks.

6 The recognized ENTAM test report is uploaded in the ENTAM data base and published with the "ENTAM recognized" logo and all the ENTAM Members recognition numbers according to a common layout approved by the ToC. The technical paper, which contains all the measurements and the evaluation made according the ENTAM common methodology, remains strictly confidential and is not published.

7 If a ToC member do not agree to the recognition of a test, then he must send his refusal, together with an explanatory statement for the reasons to the ToC coordinator and the ENTAM office, within 3 weeks. A refusal is possible only for objective reasons. The ToC Coordinator informs all ToC Members about the refusal and the reasons for it and moderate the following discussion. After the discusson, the ToC Members have to vote if they will follow the refusal or renew their endorsment for the recognition of test. The decision has to be taken with a majority of at least 66 % to give the test the official status as "ENTAM recognized".

8 On every Test Report as well as Technical paper the last page should contain the "ENTAM" Logo and the following sentence: "The present Test Report is made under the performing Institution responsibility. The performing Institution is a Member of the ENTAM (European Network for Testing Agricultural Machines). ENTAM has the aim of establishing and recognizing tests carried out on performance, safety and environmental aspects of agricultural and forestry machinery and implements according to ISO, EN standards and to the related ENTAM common methodology.

On the basis of the ENTAM agreement this test report has been recognized by the ENTAM Members (ENTAM recognition n. .../........) with the following recognition numbers.

Please find more information about the network at www.entam.net or send an email to info@entam.com. "

The detailed text of this section can be modified by the competent TWG with an equivalent content under the approval of the Chairman.

9 A Member not giving a recognition number or not participating in the recognition process declares that he is not competent or not in charge in the field of that test report.

C.2: the test is evaluated by a Team of Competence (ToC) but was carried out without an ENTAM Common Methodology.

1 The procedure is the same described in points from 1 to 5 of the above section; the methodology used for the test must always be provided to the ToC Members in English language.

2 The recognized ENTAM test report is uploaded in the ENTAM data base and published with the "ENTAM recognized" logo and all the ENTAM Members recognition numbers according to a common layout approved by the ToC. The technical paper, which contains all the measurements and the evaluation made according the ENTAM common methodology, remains strictly confidential and is not published.

3 The refusal by a Member of the recognition number is possible only for objective reasons, which have to be explained and sent by e-mail to the ENTAM Office and to all the Members.

4 On every Test Report as well as Technical paper the last page should contain the "ENTAM" Logo and the following sentence: "The present Test Report is made under the performing Institution responsibility. The performing Institution is a Member of the ENTAM (European Network for Testing Agricultural Machines). ENTAM has the aim of establishing and recognizing tests carried out on performance, safety and environmental aspects of agricultural and forestry machinery and implements according to ISO, EN standards and to the related ENTAM common methodology.

On the basis of the ENTAM agreement this test report has been recognized by the ENTAM Members (ENTAM recognition n. .../........) with the following recognition numbers.

Please find more information about the network at www.entam.net or send an email to info@entam.com."

5 A Member not giving a recognition number or not participating in the recognition process declares that he is not competent or not in charge in the field of that test report.

C.3 The test report is only valid for machines or equipment that conforms to the tested machine or equipment. The validity of the results are further more restricted to the current ISO or EN testing standard or the ENTAM common methodology used during the test.

D - ENTAM Office

An ENTAM Office is set up in Rome and will be held by ENAMA for a duration according to the decisions of the Members.

1 The ENTAM Office will have the following aims and dues:

a. to support the Chairman and the Board of Auditors with respectively two and one meetings every year;

b. to co-ordinate the work of the Teams of Competence and the Technical Working Groups with a maximum of ten meetings every year;

c. to maintain the web site and test database and keep all testing methodologies in the restricted area of the ENTAM web site;

d. to develop contacts with the European Union in order to promote ENTAM activities and propose international project with two meetings per year in Bruxelles with EU officers in order to present project proposals coming from the Members and checking their feasibility;

e. to maintain contacts with other Institutions by correspondence and meetings if necessary;

f. to collect and spread all useful information;

g. to provide all common correspondence;

h. to organise the Annual Meetings together with the testing station where they will be held;

i. to bear the costs of the Chairman related to the ENTAM activities;

2 The ENTAM Office is supported with a contribution of all Members taking part in the Agreement. The amount will be decided during the Meetings. A sponsoring from Members or private or public companies with the exception of Agricultural and Forestry Machinery Manufacturers is possible.

E - ENTAM international activities: Technical Working Groups, Team of Competence, research projects

1 Technical Working Groups (TWG) are in charge of developing the ENTAM common methodologies. New TWG can be built among the Members for every Machine Typology but must be approved unanimously during the annual meeting by the ENTAM Members. Every TWG has a leader elected among the TWG Members with the majority of participants and will be in charge for 4 years with the possibility to be elected for other periods. The acceptance of a new Member in a existing TWG is voted by the TWG Members The activities are coordinated by the TWG Leader in accordance with the ENTAM Office. The Reports of the TWG(s) are published in the Annual Report and on the ENTAM Website by the ENTAM Office after being approved unanimously by the TWG

2 The Team of Competence (ToC) is made of a restricted group of experts chosen among those of the corresponding TWG and is in charge of the ENTAM recognition of the test assuring the correspondence of the test report and the technical paper data to the related ENTAM common methodologies, EN and ISO standards. The settlement as well as the approval and the confirmation of a ToC is approved unanimously during the annual meeting by the Members. Every ToC has a leader elected among the Members of the ToC with the majority of participants and is in charge for 2 years with the possibility of other mandates. The acceptance of a new Member in a existing Team of Competence must be voted unanimously by the ToC Members. The activities are coordinated by the ToC in accordance with the ENTAM Office.

3 ENTAM common methodologies, research and development projects carried out and all other activities listed at the art. 2 of the Agreement should remain confidential. Special versions of ENTAM common methodologies (only requirements, no special direction for measurement), can be published on the ENTAM homepage if they are released by the corresponding TWG.

F - Other aspects

1 After two years of missing payment Members cannot participate at the common activities and will not take part in the work carried out by the Technical Working Group or the Teams of Competence.

2 Organisations of other countries even non European may join ENTAM.

3 FAO is an Honorary Member of ENTAM with the purpose to use the results of tests carried out by the ENTAM Full Members.

4 Honorary and Observer Member(s) are not paying the annual fee and may promote the ENTAM activities with the authorisation of the ENTAM Office.

5 Approval of Documents: ENTAM annual activity report and Financial Report are approved during the ENTAM annual meetings. All other Documents like Meeting Reports, Reports of the Technical Working Groups might be approved online by sending an e-mail to the ENTAM Office. If no comments will arrive to the ENTAM Office, the document will be considered as approved after 30 days from the sending date. The Annual Activity Report and the Annual Financial Report must be presented by the ENTAM Office during the Annual Meeting.

6 The Members will meet once a year in the location and date chosen by the Members during the annual meeting according to the availability of the Hosting Member where the Meeting will be held and will discuss the annual draft report (from January up to December) that will include a summary of the activities, the financial budget and the proposal for new activities. At least one month before the Annual Meeting a draft Agenda will be sent to the Members by the ENTAM Office.

7 The report of the meeting containing the annual report will be sent to the Members in the next 30 days following the end of the Annual Meeting and will be considered accepted if no comments have been made in the following 30 days.

 

ENTAM - European Network for Testing Agricultural Machines
Via Venafro, 5 - 00159 ROMA - ITALY
Tel. 0039 347 1566041; Fax: 0039 06 4076264; www.entam.net; info@entam.net
Country
Full Members:
Austria
HBLFA FRANCISCO JOSEPHINUM WIESELBURG BLT - Biomass / Logistics / Technology (FJ-BLT) www.bmlfuw.gv.at
Denmark
AARHUS UNIVERSITET Department of Agricultural Engineering Research Centre Bygholm www.agrsci.dk/jbt
France
Cemagref - Institut de recherche pour l'ingénierie de l'agriculture et de l'environnement www.cemagref.fr
Germany
Germany
Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen Institut für Anwendungstechnik im Pflanzenschutz (Formerly: BBA - Biologische Bundesanstalt für Land- und Forstwirtschaft) www.jki.bund.de
Germany
KWF - Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik www.kwf-online.de
Greece
N.AG.RE.F - National Agricultural Research Foundation (N.AG.RE.F.)
Hungary
HIAE - FVM MEZOGAZDASÁGI GÉPESÍTÉSI INTÉZET (MGI) www.fvmmi.hu
Italy
ENAMA - Ente Nazionale per la Meccanizzazione Agricola www.enama.it
Spain
EMA - Estación de Mecánica Agrícola CENTER - Centro Nacional de Tecnología de Regadíos http://www.center.es/
Spain
CMA - Centre de Mecanització Agrària email cma.darp@gencat.net
Switzerland
Forschungsanstalt Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART www.fat.admin.ch
Poland
PIMR - Przemyslowy Instytut Maszyn Rolniczych www.pimr.pl
 
Observer Members:
Argentina
INTA Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria http://www.inta.gov.ar/
Bulgaria
AFMSPTC (Agricultural Forest Machinery and Spare Parts Test Centre) testlab@dir.bg
Brazil
CEA (Automation and Engineering Centre)
Russia
VIM (All Russian Research Institute for Mechanization in Agriculture)
 
Onorary Member:
United Nations
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Agricultural and Food Engineering Technologies Service - Agricultural Support Systems Division www.fao.org
JKI BLT CEMAGREF CMA DLG EMA/CENTER