Rodenticide ban could hit non-professional users

Current users of professional-strength rodenticides could find themselves unable to purchase these products following the introduction of new European legislation on 1 March 2018, unless they obtain the correct certification before that time.

That’s the warning from manufacturer Lodi UK, which has launched a free website to train users in the best practices of rodent control to help users gain CRRU-approved certification.
Managing director Roger Simpson said: "This is a major issue which will affect many in the rural community, who currently purchase professional-strength products, classified as those which contain 50 ppm (parts per million) of anticoagulant rodenticide active substances. It is therefore important that they are aware of the forthcoming changes and how to obtain the certification required to continue purchasing such products after that date."
Under current legislation, ‘non-professionals’ can purchase professional-strength rodenticides in pack sizes of up to 1.5kg, while ‘professional’ users can purchase them in all available pack sizes up to 20kg.
A professional is considered as someone who either:
Holds a certificate approved by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU).
Further details are available at http://www.thinkwildlife.org/list-of- training-and- certification
Is part of a CRRU-approved farm assured scheme.
It was originally anticipated that farmers who are part of a farm-assured scheme would only be covered until the end of 2017. However, in April 2017 several farm-assured schemes whose standards involve a systematic approach to rodent pest management, with documentation and regular annual independent audit procedures, were approved to cover farmers after that date and for the foreseeable future. Members of schemes which are not listed can have no certainty that their membership will provide proof of competence to purchase professional-strength rodenticides after the end of 2017.
Details of eligible schemes can be found at http://www.thinkwildlife.org/list-of- approved-farm-
assurance-schemes.
On 1 March 2018, Commission Regulation 2016/1179 will come into force, amending the CLP
Regulation on all anticoagulant rodenticide active substances above 30ppm.
These products will be forbidden for amateur use and those not considered to be a ‘professional user’ will no longer have access to professional strength products. The options for those outside this category will be to:
1. Use a professional pest control company who have CRRU-certified technicians.
2. Purchase maximum pack sizes of 150g of grain and bait formulations or 300g packs of block
baits containing a maximum 30PPM of anticoagulant rodenticide active substances and only
up to half the strength of the products they may use currently.
3. Achieve CRRU-approved certification.

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