Various items of industry news emerged during the recent highly successful ICUP conference held in Zurich.
Held only every three years, the 8th International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP) was held in Zurich, Switzerland between 20-23 July 2014. Around 270 pest control research and development experts attended from all around the world – with the exception of Antarctica there were representatives from every continent.
Announcement about 9th ICUP event
This year’s chairman of the organising committee, Gabi Má¼ller, passes the baton onto Matthew Davies who is a technical advisor for Killgerm Chemicals. Although the actual location has still to be finalised, the 9th conference will be held within the UK.
This will be the second time a member of Killgerm’s staff has acted as chairman. Dr Moray Anderson fulfilled this role at the second event held in 1996 in Edinburgh.
CEPA updates CEN progress & announces Worldwide Pest Summit
CEPA director general, Roland Higgins, supported by CEPA treasurer, Frederic Verwilghen, outlined the objectives and progress of this initiative.
Following an extensive consultation process, all the stakeholder comments have now been reviewed and the document finalised. At best, the Standard should be available for publication in March 2015.
Roland also announced that the first pest control Global Pest Summit is to be held in June 2015. This event has long been talked about but is finally to happen. It is to be a combined event involving both CEPA and also the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) from the USA.
Updated 5 August. Further details now announced.
Creation of new National Environmental Health Board
A new organisation is to be jointly created – to be called the National Environmental Health Board – by CIEH along with Public Health England. The aim of the new Board is to act as the national strategic body for pest control and will become the primary vehicle of information to government relating to pests.
Again further details, once all finalised, to follow later this autumn.