New SGAR Code of Best Practice is Stewardship Regime cornerstone

As a cornerstone of the forthcoming UK SGAR Stewardship Regime, the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use has published a Code of Best Practice in rodent control and the safe use of rodenticides. Printed copies will be available to delegates at PestEx next week (Wed 25 and Thu 26 March, London Excel) and as a download from CRRU, BPCA and NPTA websites.

Stewardship development and co-ordination has been formally adopted by CRRU as its major activity, explains chairman Dr Alan Buckle. “This Code of Best Practice is the foundation,” he says.

“It will be used as the basis for training and certification of all who carry out rodent control as a part of their professional duties and must be applied in practice by all professionals who use anticoagulants.”

Dr Buckle emphasises that the Stewardship Regime’s impact will be monitored closely for reducing wildlife exposure and improving user practices. He says significant beneficial changes will be essential for future access to anticoagulants without further restriction.

“So, the future availability of these products, so important in food hygiene and public health, animal and crop husbandry, is now more than ever in the hands of their users,” adds Dr Buckle. “The Code of Best Practice defines measures which, if thoroughly and effectively applied, will permit the continued use of anticoagulants with the minimum adverse impacts on non-targets.”

In parallel with the Code, CRRU has developed an implementation structure for the stewardship regime. Working across all three user sectors – professional pest control (including local authorities), agriculture and gamekeeping – there will be six discipline-specific work groups: Best Practice, Training and Certification, Regulatory, Point-of-Sale, Monitoring, and Communication.

These will be co-ordinated by an umbrella steering body, the CRRU UK Task Force. When membership of each group is finalised, it will be published on the CRRU website. The key date that CRRU is working to is 1st June 2016 after which, Alan Buckle points out, no professional SGAR product can be purchased without certification.

CRRU UK gratefully acknowledges the advice provided by the SGAR Government Oversight Group and the following organisations in the development of the Code of Best Practice:
Barn Owl Trust
Barn Owl Conservation Network
British Association for Shooting and Conservation
British Pest Control Association
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
National Gamekeepers’ Organisation
Natural England
National Pest Advisory Panel (CIEH)
National Pest Technicians Association
Rodenticide Resistance Action Group
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture
Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association
University of Reading