Press Releases

2018 rodenticide compliance ‘expected’ for seven assurance schemes

Membership of seven farm assurance schemes is 'expected' by the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime to qualify as proof of competence beyond 31 December 2017. These are AIC's Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops, Duck Assurance Scheme, Farm Assured Welsh Livestock, Laid in Britain, Red Tractor...

So far, so good…and spotlight here to stay on rodenticide use

Any notion that the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime might be a toothless tiger is dispelled by the first formal assessment from the HSE-led Government Oversight Group (GOG). That's according to Dr Alan Buckle, chairman of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU), the body responsible...

Rodenticide rules and teeth reaffirmed to online sellers

Online sellers of rodenticides are being reminded that the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime requires the same stringent point-of-sale controls as all other outlets. Essentially, prospective buyers of professional use rodenticides must provide either an approved certificate of competence or documentation confirming membership of an approved...

End of beginning for rodenticide stewardship: “Much to be done”

The first ever UK Rodenticide Stewardship annual report has been published and marks "the end of the beginning", according to Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) Dr Alan Buckle. Involving pest controllers, farmers, gamekeepers, the rodenticide supply chain and stakeholders, the regime is charged with reducing...

NO CERTIFICATION, NO SALE OF RODENTICIDES FROM 1 OCTOBER

From 1 October farmers, gamekeepers, pest controllers and their employees buying professional rodenticide packs for use outdoors will need to show either an approved certificate of competence or document confirming membership of an approved farm assurance scheme. Without documentation from that date onwards, all sellers including those online are prohibited...

Brexit and the CRRU UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime: Business as usual

Dr Alan Buckle, Chairman of CRRU UK, said today: “CRRU UK will seek clarification in due course from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the possible effects, if any, of Brexit on the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime. For the time being, the message is ‘business...

Nine assurance schemes approved for rodenticide stewardship

Nine assurance schemes are now certified by the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime, following addition of Quality British Turkey to the approved list. By showing their assurance scheme certificate and personal I/D, farmers are eligible to purchase professional use rodenticides with stewardship labels, being introduced on or after 1...

Gamekeepers alerted to end of routine long term rat baiting

Except as a justifiable last resort against clear and sustained threats to human or animal health, the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime now rules out long term rodenticide baiting around the outside of game bird rearing pens and sheds. There is substantial evidence of rodenticide contamination...

Farms alerted to end of routine long term rodenticide baiting

Context: In less than two months time, rodenticide products for professional use by farmers will start to become available with new and legally binding ‘stewardship conditions’ labels, arising from a compulsory reauthorisation process. The supply of these products to farmers (also gamekeepers and professional pest...

Rodenticide stewardship point-of-sale controls announced

UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime point-of-sale declarations for 'stewardship label' rodenticides - without which their sale, purchase and use will be illegal - have been published by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. They are available now in readiness for products bearing new stewardship labels becoming available from April...

First batch of farm assurance schemes approved for UK Rodenticide Stewardship compliance

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”. [wpdm_package id='16166']...

Rodenticide stewardship’s complex timelines clarified

Complex overlapping timelines in the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime have been published in graphical format by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). This follows a meeting on 5 August of regulators from CRRU UK companies and their HSE counterparts to agree timelines for the...

UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime go ahead confirmed

A UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime that will require pest controllers to hold certified 'proof of competence' in rodent pest control before being allowed to buy and use professional anticoagulant rodenticides has been launched by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. The Regime has been developed to meet the...

Gamekeeper options confirmed in UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime

A UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime that will require gamekeepers to hold certified 'proof of competence' in rodent pest control before being allowed to buy and use professional anticoagulant rodenticides has been launched by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. The Regime has been developed to...

Approved proof of rodenticide competence certificates announced.

In readiness for professional pest controllers in private and public sectors, farmers, land managers and gamekeepers having to show proof of competence when purchasing professional use rodenticides under the forthcoming rodenticide stewardship regime, a list of 14 CRRU approved certificates has been released. [wpdm_package id='3371']...

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 26...

New training provider and locations for Wildlife Aware from CRRU UK

The 2015 programme of Wildlife Aware training courses for pest control professionals has been announced by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use UK. It includes an additional training provider and three new locations in Scotland, Midlands and south east. The training continues to be accredited...

Two new sponsor-members at CRRU UK

The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use UK has been strengthened in the run up to introduction of a national multi-sector stewardship regime for the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides by Pelsis (formerly P&L Systems) and Antec DuPont joining as new sponsor-members. [wpdm_package id='3321']...

Voluntary stewardship continues as way forward for SGAR use

Voluntary stewardship of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) among all users remains the joint commitment between government and industry, according to Dr Alan Buckle, chairman of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. [wpdm_package id='3317']...

Plan now, save later with effective and responsible measures

In readiness for the forthcoming national rodenticide stewardship programme's introduction, Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use chairman Dr Alan Buckle encourages livestock and arable farmers alike to ensure they're ahead of the game. [wpdm_package id='3315']...

Plan now, save later with effective and responsible rat control

A small amount of time reassessing a farmstead's rat control measures now can save a great deal of time and money later, according to Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) chairman Dr Alan Buckle. The campaign's purpose is to promote effective rural rodent control at...

Voluntary stewardship continues as way forward for SGAR use

Voluntary stewardship of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) among all users remains the joint commitment between government and industry, according to Dr Alan Buckle, chairman of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use. [wpdm_package id='3309']...

Authoritative contribution to barn owl debate welcomed by CRRU

The Barn Owl Conservation Network's annual Spring Forecast [Ref 1] has been welcomed as "a valuable, authoritative contribution to discussions about the national barn owl population" by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). [wpdm_package id='3307']...

Barn owls and rodenticides in the UK – the Barn Owl Trust Petition

Statement from the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use UK The objectives of the Barn Owl Trust petition are sensible and supported by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use UK (CRRU UK). Rodenticide labels should be made clearer to make it easier for users to apply rodenticides...

Rodenticide stewardship on course for March decision

The structure of a stewardship regime for second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) has been proposed by a comprehensive stakeholder group and agreed as appropriate by the Health and Safety Executive. [wpdm_file id=28]...

Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use launches in Ireland

The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) has launched an autonomous counterpart in the Republic of Ireland under the chairmanship of Dr Mark Lynch, former Senior Inspector at the Pesticides Control Service. [wpdm_file id=11]...

Launch of CRRU Ireland – the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use in Ireland

Launch of organization to raise awareness of the damage done to wildlife by irresponsible rat poison use. At the Ploughing championship today the Irish Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney. Anticoagulant rodenticides used to...

New sponsor at Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use

A tenth rodenticide supplier has stepped forward to support the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). This follows the Health & Safety Executive announcement that a stewardship programme for second generation anticoagulant rodenticides is to be drawn up by pest control industry stakeholders. The programme's...

Plan now, save later with effective and responsible measures

In readiness for the forthcoming national rodenticide stewardship programme's introduction, Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use chairman Dr Alan Buckle encourages livestock and arable farmers alike to ensure they're ahead of the game. [wpdm_file id=13]...

Future rodenticide options will depend on responsible use by all

The use of rodenticides on farms and rural estates has been under review by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) since August last year, with the aim of minimising their potential to harm wildlife and the environment. In readiness for the review's outcome, Campaign for...

Influential role for SQPs in effective and responsible rat control

Whether serving in retail outlets or visiting customers' farms, SQPs are well placed to encourage responsible and successful use of rodent control products, according to Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) chairman Dr Alan Buckle. [wpdm_file id=14]...

Multiple imperatives for examining and improving rat control

A national stewardship regime for the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) in all user sectors is being developed for the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the UK’s 'Competent Authority' for biocides. [wpdm_file id=15]...

Stewardship: the way forward for anticoagulant rodenticides in the UK

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the UK’s Competent Authority for biocides, has invited pest control industry stakeholders, coordinated through the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU), to develop a stewardship regime for second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs). [wpdm_file id=16]...

LEAF ethos demands responsible rat control methods

Even the best managed LEAF farms are at risk of invasion by rats, against which Paul Butt from Natural England recommends two non-chemical front line tactics before reaching for the rat bait. [wpdm_file id=18]...

From rat-infested labyrinths to zero tolerance

When it comes to controlling rats on all types of farms, professional pest controller Paul Bowman finds the key to success lies not outdoors around the farmstead but inside the heads of those running the unit. [wpdm_file id=19]...

CRRU gains first N Ireland local government supporter

The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) received its first pledge of support from a Northern Ireland local government department recently when Lisburn City Council joining the CRRU Supporters Club. [wpdm_file id=20]...

11th sponsor-member for CRRU UK

Italian rodenticide manufacturer and supplier ZAPI SpA has become the 11th sponsor member of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use UK. This comes at a critical time, according to CRRU chairman Dr Alan Buckle, for the development taking place currently of a stewardship regime for...

Midsummer housekeeping advisable

New and possibly stricter regulations for the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides are expected later this year from a review currently being undertaken by HSE. [wpdm_file id=23]...

Lisburn CC joins responsible rat control body

Lisburn City Council has become the first local government department in Northern Ireland to pledge its support to the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). [wpdm_file id=22]...

Midsummer opportunity to purge farm buildings of rats

On farms with vacant livestock housing or empty grain stores, the mid-summer months offer a once-a-year opportunity to eliminate rats permanently from farmsteads, according to Paul Butt, special adviser to the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) from Natural England. [wpdm_file id=21] ...

Earn a Wildlife Aware badge of honour then wear it with pride

In competitive business sectors, standing out from your rivals is essential not just to help create growth but even to hold your own. Big companies do it all the time – indeed, it’s one of the factors that will have led to their growth and...