BASIS have been successfully carrying out remote point of sale audits across the UK, ensuring that stewardship practice remains at a high standard throughout the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) has reminded users and sellers of professional-use-only rodenticides that a formal review of the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime is imminent. The review will be carried out by the Regime's HSE-led Government Oversight Group.
The outcome of the review is important, as it may affect future rodenticide availability and use.
Chairman of CRRU, Dr Alan Buckle:
"For stewardship's voluntary nature to be successful, the entire pest control sector has to take responsibility for driving out bad practice and illegal supply. A welcome adaptation for the covid outbreak is remote auditing by BASIS of rodenticide point of sale processes."
Auditing rodenticide supply outlets is important and highlights the successes of the Stewardship Regime. The most recent annual report from CRRU records outright passes for 72 % of premises, with only 2 % of premises recorded to have failed, or for the audit to have failed to take place.
BASIS, who carry out the point of sale audits, have been able to conduct remote audits throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.
Head of CRRU UK point of sale work group, Rupert Broome:
"For continued POS auditing during covid disruption, the switch to a remote process by BASIS is a very positive move. This ensures that checking every buyer's proof of competence before purchase remains in force throughout the UK."