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Requirement for Pest Controllers to hold a valid licence (PMU) by 01/01/2018

OVERVIEW
Following recent changes in professional product labels under EU Biocidal Products Regulations, the Pesticide Registration and Control Divisions (PRCD) of the Department of Agriculture ​(DAFM) as notified that ​​all pest controllers must register with the Department and obtain a PMU number ​by 31/12/2017 ​in order to ​buy or ​use these products.
In effect, pest control operators buying or using professional products after January 1st 2018 without a valid licence number (PMU) will be operating illegally.
Upon application acceptance, pest controllers receive a “Pest Management Trained Professional Users number”, e.g. PMU000001. This registration number can use for ID cards or clients documentation. The PRCD are also preparing a list of all registered Trained Professional Users which will be available to the public on their website very soon. Therefore ​​​​customers will be able to check the registration of their pest control operative online.
In addition, it is necessary for professional pest controllers to be member of a Continuous Professional Development (CPD or CPE) scheme in order do keep their licence. CPD programmes are already in place in many EU States for professional pest controllers and are essential for application of "Best Practice".
CHANGE IN PRODUCT LABELS:
In the last 2 years, NPTA-Ireland board members have attended a number of industry meetings introducing some important changes in the legislation concerning pest control operators in the republic, mainly derived from the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive.
The main change is the new labels for the professional biocides (e.g. rat and mice poisons), which will refer to PCOs as "Trained Professional Users" (TPU).
​​​​HOW TO BECOME A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL USER?
In order to register as a TPU​  and get a "Pest Management User" (PMU) number​, the PRCD ​is provid​ing an online application form on their website​:
​To complete the form pest controllers will have to enter personal details including relevant qualifications completed, i.e.:
  • IPCA Diploma in Pest Management
  • RSPH Level 2 Award in Pest Management
  • CRRU Wildlife Aware Course (current register can be consulted here: http://www.iasis.ie/PestControl/AccreditedTechnicians.aspx)
  • Lantra Award Trained Professional User - Pest Management Services (not available yet)
  • Other qualifications (these will be evaluated on a case by case basis)
Until the Lantra course is available it will be mandatory to hold the CRRU Wildlife Aware course + one of the other major qualifications (e.g. RSPH, IPCA, BPCA diploma, etc.). Evidence of these qualifications may be provided subsequently.
​​​​CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CPD training provides Pest Management Trained Professional User the opportunity to keep abreast of changes that affect the industry and allows them the opportunity to adapt practice in a planned and structured manner.
This is why Professional Users must participate in the required Continuous Professional Development /Development (CPD) to maintain their PMU registration. In the event of failing to maintain CPD, the individual will have his/her name removed from the PRCD register. Basis Prompt and IASIS are both providing a CPD scheme at present.
IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW LABELS
From 01/01/2018, any individual using biocides without being a registered TPU will be in direct breach of the biocide label and will be committing an offence.
Offences can be traced long after the pest control intervention has occurred (paper trail) and it is therefore essential to be registered to operate professionally.
Customers also have a responsibility in checking that they are using suitable contractors.
It is likely that next NPTA-Ireland membership will require PMU number for all operating pest controllers.
MORE INFORMATION:
A Symposium will be held by PRCD on 7th December next during which additional information on the new arrangements will be discussed.  Further details are provided at:  http://www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/biocides/changestouseofanticoagulantrodenticides/industrysymposiumonrodenticideregulationtraining/
CRRU Ireland are offering a series of additional Wildlife Aware courses during October and November to facilitate the completion of registration by persons that wish to register but have not yet obtained the CRRU-IASIS Wildlife Aware Certificate.  Places on one of these additional courses can be reserved via this link:
Christophe Izart
NPTA-Ireland Representative
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