The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) believes that remote auditing of point of product sale practices is essential to protect the reputation of the sector as it comes up for review.

UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime is preparing for a review by its HSE-led Government Oversight Group. Dr Alan Buckle, chairman of the CRRU which developed the regime and now runs it, says he believes the review could have a significant bearing on future rodenticide availability and use.

“For stewardship’s voluntary nature to be successful,” says Dr Buckle, “the entire pest control sector has to take responsibility for driving out bad practice and illegal supply. A welcome adaptation for the Covid-19 outbreak is remote auditing by BASIS of rodenticide point of sale processes.”

Rupert Broome, head of the CRRU UK point of sale work group, adds that 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-19 disruption, the switch to a remote process by BASIS is a very positive move,” he comments. “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-19 disruption,” concludes Mr Broome.

A statement by BASIS explaining its remote auditing process can be found here.