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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 (CRRU). When buying professional rat baits, gamekeepers, farmers and professional pest controllers must prove they are qualified to make the purchase.
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.
Lindsay Smith-Boam, Logistics Manager at BASIS, says that the creation of an audit process specifically for rodenticides will be significant in ensuring the success of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime.
“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 says.
“For distributors already operating within the long-established Stores Inspection Scheme, the fact it will now cover rodenticides too should be seen as good news.
“It will provide further evidence that the entire supply chain is controlling availability of these products, as a result enabling continued access to them without further restriction.
“Those who haven’t been involved with BASIS before can rest assured that our experience will help their business meet stewardship requirements,” she adds.
Audits will apply to all supply routes - trade and retail premises as well as internet - with the first audit cycle conducted by BASIS between February and November 2018.
Rupert Broome, CRRU UK point of sale work group leader, says that 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.
“This is a planned progression from proof of competence checks on rodenticide purchasers, which were rolled out in October 2016,” he adds.
CRRU UK and BASIS will advise the supply chain on the precise audit process, and the requirements that have to be met, between July and December this year.
Failure to comply with any aspect of the stewardship regime may lead to the company concerned being reported to HSE, Trading Standards and any other relevant body.
It may also lead to cancellation of the authorisation for sale of the product concerned.
BASIS is currently recruiting individuals to strengthen the team, by conducting annual rodenticide store assessments throughout the UK.
We’re looking for somebody with a good knowledge of the pesticide industry, the use of a car and availability for around 15 – 25 days’ work a year. If you’re interested, please email your CV and covering email to firstname.lastname@example.org