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Audits to help ensure responsible rodenticide use

October 4, 2017 by  
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Plans for independent auditing of rodenticide stewardship point of sale checks have been announced jointly by BASIS Registration and the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CCRU).

When buying professional rat baits, gamekeepers and farmers as well as professional pest controllers must prove they are qualified to make the purchase. The move aims to help ensure that rodenticides are being used correctly.

The BASIS Stores Inspection Scheme – which already uses independent assessors to ensure compliance with regulations for the storage and distribution of professional pesticides – is set to be extended by the two organisations.

Successful regime

The creation of an audit process specifically for rodenticides will be significant in ensuring the success of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime, says Lindsay Smith-Boam, BASIS logistics manager. “Applying controls at the point of sale, such as checking distribution staff are aware of the regulations and best practice requirements, is an important part of stewardship,” she explains.

Extending the long-established stores inspection scheme to cover rodenticides will provide further evidence that the supply chain is controlling availability of these products, helping to ensure continued access to them without further restriction.

Stewardship

Audits will apply to all supply routes – trade and retail premises and internet – with the first audit cycle conducted by BASIS between February and November 2018. BASIS will help businesses meet stewardship requirements, says Ms Smith-Boam.

Any company or outlet selling professional use rodenticides must have passed a BASIS Point of Sale audit for rodenticide stewardship compliance by 30 November, 2018, says CRRU UK point of sale work group leader Rupert Broome.

“This is a planned progression from proof of competence checks on rodenticide purchasers, which were rolled out in October 2016.”

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