BSI, the business standards company, has recently published the first European standard on pest management services, BS EN 16636 Pest management services – Requirements and competences, to improve the quality of these services throughout Europe.
There are limited requirements and regulations across Europe for the licensing of pest management companies. National standards in this field already exist in Spain, Germany and France, the Confederation of European Pest Management Industry Association (CEPA) has also developed and endorsed the “Roma Protocol” , a set of common operating principles and goals for the industry.
In order to bring the industry’s ‘best practice’ together, CEPA approached the European Standards Organization (CEN) to write a first Europe-wide standard – BS EN 16636:2015. The standard provides the industry with clear, up-to-date requirements recommendations and basic competences on how to ensure the delivery of a high-quality service that minimizes risks to human health and potential negative impacts on the environment.
It details a professional approach to pest management service delivery, including best practice procedures for assessment, recommendation and execution of defined control and prevention.
The standard will enable professional management companies to provide common standards of service and training across Europe, allowing the consumer to make an informed choice and compare service providers.
Some of the areas BS EN 16636 includes:
- The professional approach to pest management
- Process flow of professional service
- Competence and requirements
- Annex A – Required competencies
- Annex B – Protection of asset/plant and plant product/health protection in humans, pets and livestock
- Annex C (informative) – List of common European pests
- Annex D (informative) – Environmental checklist
BS EN 16636 does not apply to field crop protection or routine cleaning and disinfection associated with regular contract cleaning services.
Dan Palmer, Head of Market Development for Manufacturing & Services at BSI said:
“This standard is a breakthrough for the pest management industry, because until now there has been no Europe-wide standard and now consumers can make an informed choice when choosing appropriate pest management service providers. This unified guidance will enable all of the industry, both service providers and consumers can rest assured that their questions are answered.”