New pest control standards launched

December 23rd, 2015 Category: Commercial

A new European initiative has been launched as part of a bid to promote standards in pest control, it has been revealed.

The Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) said that these new benchmarks will help to improve the way pest control firms in the UK and Europe operate.

It is also designed to drive up cleaning standards in a variety of different settings including corporate, social housing, education and local authority.

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) said the new guidelines will help to provide significant benefits to the cleaning sector. 

President of the CEPA, President Bertrand Montmoreau said: “This will ensure pest controllers can benchmark themselves against the best in Europe and it's something that will have strong benefits for their customers too. 

“We know that in many European markets, there are some pest controllers who are untrained and do not stay up-to-date with the latest products, pests and legislation, and that can create big problems for us all. But with the new standard and certification scheme, clients can be totally confident that they are getting a professional service."

The BPCA said that as an organisation, it will help to ensure its members implement the standards by 2017.

Two companies have already been successful in becoming accredited under the scheme and these are, Premier Pest Control, based in West Yorkshire and Ecolab Pest Elimination.

Speaking about the new standards, Simon Forrester, chief executive of the BPCA said: “The European Standard for Pest Management Services EN16636 was developed by the pest control industry to act as a demonstration of professional credentials. We know of many pest controllers who are untrained and do not stay up-to-date with the latest products, techniques and legislation – and that’s something which can create big problems. 

“But this will demonstrate our members are on a level playing field with the best pest management companies in the world and will mean that, by employing members of the BPCA, cleaning professionals can be totally confident of a professional service.”

The new benchmark is based upon EN16636, a new European standard which was developed by the industry in conjunction with professionals from Europe's national standards institutes and CEN, the European Standards Bureau.

As part of the initiative, staff are required to participate in continuing professional development and to ensure they will always be up to date with the latest techniques and developments.

Dr Peter Whittall, works on behalf of Tripod Consulting and helped to develop the guidelines.

He explained: “Pest control is changing and we are no longer simply ‘rat catchers'. It is now about how you protect assets and public health, for example from allergies or the spread of diseases, and tackle issues such as the falling resistance in pests to the biocides we use. Our industry wants to further professionalise and the new standard and certification scheme provides a unique benchmark for this.”