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Rodenticides are vital to prevent disease in humans and animals to protect property and equipment from damage and to ensure the highest possible standards of food hygiene. However, the way we use rodenticide causes contamination of some of our most important wildlife species.
Government agencies responsible for the regulation of Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) raised concern that many species of wildlife, such as barn owls, are being accidentally exposed to these products, so they called for better stewardship of rodenticides to prevent wildlife exposure. The rodenticide industry (manufacturers and distributors) along with other stakeholders acting as a whole, recognised the need to address the concerns surrounding the responsible use of rodenticides by creating the CRRU Stewardship Regime (Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use) to ensure that rodenticides are used correctly and in ways that will minimise the exposure of SGARs in non-target wildlife. The barn owl is the sentinel species used to measure the incidence of SGAR residues in non-target wildlife.
Lodi UK is a CRRU UK member company and places paramount importance on the correct use of its rodent baits to ensure that end users get the results they have paid for whilst ensuring that none target species do not come to any harm from rodenticide use.
All professional rodenticides with CRRU stewardship label conditions can only be supplied to professional users holding certification demonstrating compliance with the CRRU UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime.
Currently, professional pest controllers, farmers and gamekeepers purchasing stewardship-labelled products are required to provide proof of competence at point-of-sale. This can be either a certificate from an approved training course on rodent control or, for farmers, up-to-date proof of membership of a Farm Assurance Scheme whose audited standards include a requirement for safe and effective rodent control. To check the latest CRRU-approved certification and farm assurance schemes please see the Think Wildlife website or follow the links below.
Suppliers must also have a signed declaration form on file for each customer purchasing CRRU labelled rodenticide, either Supply Chain, End User or Farm Assurance. To ensure that suppliers and end users are compliant in the supply and use of stewardship-labelled rodenticides, please follow the links below for the point-of-sale declarations, currently approved CRRU Training Certificates and approved Farm Assurance Schemes.
While widespread advances including improved competence and best practice and understanding on the impacts of rodenticides on wildlife have been made, stewardship environmental targets have not been met.
A recent headline from CRRU Chairman Dr Alan Buckle is that “a stubbornly static 80% of barn owls carry residues of one or more SGARs”. Therefore, for the regime to achieve its purpose and to protect essential uses of rodenticides for all professional user sectors in the future, the directors of CRRU decided that from January 2026 onwards, all purchasers and users of professional SGAR products (pest controllers, gamekeepers and farmers) must hold either a stewardship-specific training certificate less than five years old, or an older one with proof of membership of a stewardship-specific CPD scheme. As the five-year certificate expiry dates approach, holders can either repeat the training and requalify, or join a CPD scheme.
An additional measure designed to strengthen rodenticide stewardship announced last year, is that from 4 July 2024, no SGARs are allowed to be purchased for use in open areas or waste dumps (use by 31st December 2024) and will be restricted for use indoors and outdoors around buildings. Ending the use of all SGARs in open areas aims to reduce the threat posed to non-target species.
The latest UK Rodenticide Stewardship annual report dated January 2024 CRRU Annual Report 2023 includes for the first time an explanation specific to rodent pest control of what constitutes a ‘building’:
Summarised from guidance in the report: this means a permanent enclosed structure with foundations, constructed from wood, brick, concrete or metal that provides protection from the elements and minimises access by non-target species that might otherwise consume rodenticide baits placed inside. Temporary or easily moved structures are not generally considered to be buildings.
Approved CRRU Training Certificates Please note alterations made to this list in regard to Rodent Control on Farms 'customised provision'
Approved Farm Assurance Schemes (not accepted at point of sale from 2026)
Supply Chain Declaration(to be completed by companies selling rodenticides with stewardship conditions)
Certificated User Declaration(to be completed by companies with certificated users who wish to purchase rodenticides with stewardship conditions)
Farm Assurance Scheme Declaration (to be completed by farms that are members of an approved Farm Assurance Scheme who wish to purchase rodenticides with stewardship conditions)
Suppliers of professional use rodenticides to pest controllers, farmers and gamekeepers are required to register with BASIS Registration Ltd for the Stewardship Regime Point-of-Sale audit process and certification. Registration and a successful audit will ensure ongoing compliance with the stewardship regime and allow you to retain the supply of these products.
Point of sale checks also apply to online sales of professional use rodenticide packs. Detailed guidance for Internet Sales can be downloaded here:
CRRU UK Guidance for Internet Sales of Rodenticide in the UK CRRU Guidance for Internet Sales