Amid covid disruption, users and sellers of professional-use-only rodenticides are reminded that a formal review of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime by its HSE-led Government Oversight Group is imminent.
Dr Alan Buckle, chairman of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use that developed and runs the regime, says the review may well have a significant bearing on future rodenticide availability and use.
“For stewardship’s voluntary nature to be successful,” he says, “the entire pest control sector has to take responsibility for driving out bad practice and illegal supply. A welcome adaptation for the covid outbreak is remote auditing by BASIS of rodenticide point of sale processes.”
Head of CRRU UK point of sale work group Rupert Broome says auditing supply outlets is a cornerstone of the regime. The most recent annual report from CRRU records outright passes for 72% of premises, up from 67% in 2018; 8% of passes with minor issues; 19% qualified passes; and 2% failed or where the audit failed to take place.
“For continued POS auditing during covid disruption, the switch to a remote process by BASIS is a very positive move,” he says. “This ensures that checking every buyer’s proof of competence before purchase remains in force throughout the UK.
“None of us involved in rodent pest control can afford for stewardship practice to slip during covid disruption,” says Mr Broome.
A statement by BASIS explaining its remote auditing process can be found here.