Participation in the National Test Programme is voluntary, and is open to all recipients of CAP support. It won't have any impact on production levels, as it only entails businesses being encouraged and supported to establish their own baseline for climate change and biodiversity metrics, and testing of specific tools and advice that will establish robust methods through which farmers, crofters and land managers can record the benefits to climate and nature they deliver through their businesses. It will not: limit the number or range of suppliers, either directly or indirectly; limit the ability of suppliers to compete; reduce suppliers' incentives to compete vigorously; or limit the choices and information available to consumers. A competition assessment is therefore not required.
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