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Government agrees high level principles for rodenticides stewardship regimes

Date:
23 July 2015

A cross-government ‘Oversight Group’ has agreed a set of high-level principles to assist industry in developing stewardship regimes to control the use of rodenticides.

Regulatory risk assessments concluded that the outdoor use of First and Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (FGARs and SGARs) present a higher level of risk to animals such as predatory birds and mammals, than would normally be considered acceptable. As a result, outdoor use of these rodenticides would normally be banned.

However the Government recognises that, despite carrying these risks, outdoor use of rodenticides is sometimes necessary as part of properly managed rodent control strategies.

In order to authorise these rodenticides for use outdoors, Government must be assured that the risks will be properly managed. One way of providing that assurance is through industry-led stewardship regimes.

The Oversight Group consisting of officials from HSE, HSE NI, DEFRA, Public Health England, Natural England, the Welsh and Scottish Governments and an independent scientific adviser, have agreed the principles that industry must follow if they want to set up a stewardship regime.

More information on the agreed principles can be found here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/biocides/news.htm#ebulletin

Notes to Editors

  1. In April 2013, the Government Oversight Group asked industry to explore ways to improve and spread good practice and to self-police professional use of FGARs and SGARs via an industry-led, voluntary ‘stewardship’ scheme. The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) will shortly launch the first of these regimes which will adhere to the high- level principles published today.
  2. Industry-led stewardship schemes will help to provide robust assurance that the continued use of FGARs and SGARs will be part of a hierarchy of risk controls for rodents, promoting responsible use and good practice by all suppliers and professional users.

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