14 Mar Gamekeepers reminded about compulsory proof of competence and I/D for rodenticide purchase
At some point during April to September, gamekeepers will be asked for proof of
competence and I/D when they buy rodenticides for use outside buildings. This cornerstone
of Rodenticide Stewardship applies via all suppliers including internet.
An exact date when this first occurs cannot be specified due to phasing out old stock and
introduction of stewardship-authorised products. During the April to September transition
period, old stock can be purchased without certification and must be deployed during the
use by period, while stewardship-labelled products will require certification.
Two certain dates are 30 September 2016 when old stock sales will cease, and the next day
when proof of competence and I/D will be essential.
Guidelines are available for gamekeepers from their own professional bodies. A new
Stewardship Q&A document has also just been published by CRRU, which can be