The general costs of running the Coordination Office are borne by participants by means of a fixed, annual contribution
(the basis for calculation is the respective turnover of fruit and vegetables in the previous year). The costs for residue analyses are settled directly with the laboratories by the participant in the monitoring system.
The frequency of analysis is derived from the company's turnover of fruit and vegetables in the previous year in ratio to the participating companies. Each company is notified of its annual (maximum) share of analysis costs. In the case of new participants, this share is calculated once genuine notice of interest has been received.
New participants are charged with a nonrecurring admission fee of 1000 €. Members of BNN are granted a 500 € reduction on their annual contribution, the admission fee does not apply.
Annual turnover up to 2.5m € (minimum contribution):
In the case of the current number of participants, the annual contribution is calculated as follows:
3.600 Euro and 3.100 Euro for BNN-members respectively
Annual turnover > 2.5m to 4m €:
4.000 Euro and 3.500 Euro for BNN-members respectively
Annual turnover > 4m € (maximum contribution):
4.400 Euro and 3.900 Euro for BNN-members respectively
Should the number of participants decrease, the fixed amount shall be increased by a uniform amount per participant regardless of annual turnover. The calculation is based on the respective turnover for the previous calendar year. This shall be notified to the Coordination Office and, on request, be substantiated. This information is treated in the strictest confidence. The participant shall issue authorisation to BNN Herstellung und Handel for direct debiting of the fixed annual amount which shall be paid in January of each new year. BNN Herstellung und Handel is entitled to adapt the annual contribution each year to the increased costs.
There is an option of adding own analyses to the analysis pool. If, for example, a company commissions further analyses of its products besides the normal monitoring action, these can be offset against its total costs of analysis under the following conditions:
1. the report is submitted to the Coordination Office immediately after conclusion of the analysis
2. the result is treated like a "normal" result (publication, counter-analysis, etc.).
3. The analysis must be performed by an approved laboratory to ensure that analyses are comparable
4. A report of a batch already analysed is not allowed.
A maximum of 25 % of analyses per annum can be offset as own analyses. Own analyses allow participants to lower their costs of analysis. Recognition of own analyses is decided by the Coordination Office.