The requirement for Pest Controllers to hold a valid licence (PMU)
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 is 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 a member of a Continuous Professional Developmentscheme(CPD or CPE) in order to keep their licence. CPD programmes are already in place in the EU States for professional pest controllers and are essential to ensure “Best Practice” principles.
2. 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”.
3. How to Become a “Trained Professional User”?
In order to register as a Trained Professional User and get a “Pest Management User” (PMU) number, the PRCD is providing 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.:
Lantra Award Trained Professional User – Pest Management Services
Other qualifications (these will be evaluated on a case by case basis)
The “Lantra Level 3 Award in Pest Management Services – Trained Professional User” is now available. We facilitate the delivery of this 5-day course once (or twice) a year directly at Owl Pest Control’s office in Tallaght (contact us for details).
The Lantra Level 3 Qualification will assess your knowledge and understanding of:
the regulations regarding the control of pest species
biology, behaviour and management of vertebrate pests
biocide product information
hazards and risks associated with biocides
personal safety when using chemicals
biology, behaviour and management of invertebrate pests
safe working practices
the requirements for protected areas
environmental risks and protection of wildlife
how to deal with incidents
4. 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 /Education (CPD/CPE) 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 BPCA are both providing a CPD scheme at present.
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 offense.
Offenses 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.