From April 2016 onwards, rodenticide products with new ‘stewardship conditions’ labels for use outside by professionals, including farmers, will be introduced carrying the following statement: “For supply to and use only by professional users holding certification demonstrating compliance with UK rodenticide stewardship regime requirements”.
Farmers who have completed an approved training course and obtained a certificate will be permitted to buy and use these products.
As an interim measure, membership of a stewardship-approved farm assurance scheme listed above will also permit purchase and use of these products until the end of December 2017.
More farm assurance schemes are being reviewed for stewardship compliance, which depends on inclusion of a standard requiring systematic rodent pest management.
CRRU will also hold discussions with all stewardship-approved schemes with the objective, before the end of December 2017, to bring their standards into alignment with the CRRU Code of Best Practice (CoBP).
Beyond December 2017: (i) Such CoBP-aligned schemes will continue to provide proof of competence for purchase of professional rodenticide products. (ii) Members of schemes that have not come into alignment will not be able to use their membership for rodenticide purchases beyond the end of December 2017.
List of approved farm assurance schemes.
British Egg Industry Council Code of Practice for Lion Eggs
Duck Assurance Scheme (Breeder Replacement, Breeder Layers, Hatcheries, Table Birds, Free-Range Table Birds)
Agricultural Industries Confederation (Compound Feeds, Combinable Crops and Animal Feeds)
Red Tractor Farm Assurance (Beef and Lamb, Dairy, Combinable Crops and Sugar Beet, Fresh Produce, Pigs, Poultry)
Quality Meat Scotland (Cattle and Sheep, Pigs)
Farm Assured Welsh Livestock (Beef and Lamb)
Scottish Quality Crops
Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (Beef and Lamb, Cereals)
Quality British Turkey