The DLG Test Center tests agricultural and forestry tractors and their components to all OECD Tractor Codes. In 2018, the DLG Test Center in Gross-Umstadt near Frankfurt carried out the highest number of OECD Tractor Code 2 tests worldwide. Also, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture the experts at the DLG Test Center also represent the Federal Republic of Germany in all official panels and bodies that are concerned with the testing of tractors.
Developing universal standards and regulations
The OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, based in Paris, pursues the policy of improving the livelihoods of all people around the world.
The international organisation has 36 member countries committed to democracy and market economy. The European Commission, too, engages in OECD work. The goals the OECD seeks to achieve include the following:
- Promote optimal economic development
- Promote economic growth
- Expand world trade, ensure free movement of goods and capital
- Harmonise product standards
The OECD member countries share their experience, identify best practices and develop joint solutions. These are usually implemented in the form of voluntary commitments or legally binding contracts.
This involves developing universal standards or guidelines. In the area of agriculture, the OECD develops rules and procedures that are applied to tests that measure outputs, driver safety (cabs or frames) and noise levels on agricultural and forestry tractors. These rules and procedures are defined in the various OECD Tractor Codes.
All major industrialised and emerging countries are members of the OECD. Therefore, the OECD Tractor Codes are considered industry standards of global relevance outside the ISO standards.