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 and farmers as well as professional pest controllers must prove they are qualified to make the purchase.
Lindsay Smith-Boam, BASIS logistics manager says 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. 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,” she says.
Audits will apply to all supply routes - trade and retail premises as well as the internet - with the first audit cycle to be conducted by BASIS between February and November 2018.
Rupert Broome of CRRU says: “Any company or outlet selling professional use rodenticides must have passed a BASIS Point of Sale audit for rodenticide stewardship compliance by November 30, 2018.
“This is a planned progression from proof of competence checks on rodenticide purchasers, which were rolled out in October 2016.”
Failure to comply with any aspect of the stewardship regime may lead to the company concerned being reported to Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards and any other relevant body.
It may also lead to cancellation of the authorisation for sale of the product concerned.