Draft CEN standard for pest management services

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After months, nay years, of work this much heralded document which sets-out the European standard for pest control servicing has been published. Everyone in the industry is encouraged to make comment and feed-back by 4 November 2013.

The CEN European Standard for Pest Management Services is a voluntary industry initiative that specifies the requirements, recommendations and basic competences under which pest management servicing companies must operate to guarantee a professional service to their customers and ensure that the industry is recognized for responsibly protecting European citizens, animals and the environment in which they live against public health risks.

Copies of the draft Standard – prEN 16636 – are available from each country”s individual National Standards Institutes. For the UK this is the British Standards Institution (BSi).


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Click here to access a list of the National Standards Institutes in the other 27 European Member States together with their contact details.

In the UK the draft is available for public comment on the BSi Draft Review System. You have to register before you can read the draft, but the Help page explains how to register, review the document and eventually make any comment.

To access the draft click here.

Should your preference be for a hard copy, these can be purchased (£20) from BSI by calling +44(0) 20 8996 9001 or emailing [email protected]. The draft is also available in PDF format (£20) for immediate download from the BSI Shop – click here.

The closing date for comments is 4 November 2013, after which the BSI national committee will review all comments before submitting the UK response to CEN.

The final version is expected to be released in the spring of 2014.

Greeting the publication of the Standard, Rob Fryatt, chairman of the CEN TC 404 workgroup said: “I am delighted to see the CEN draft standard now available for the important public consultation phase and right on time! The work by the CEN European workgroup and the members of each of the national mirror groups has led to a document that the European industry should feel proud of. It’s a first for our great industry – anywhere in the world. I would encourage the industry to read the document and feedback any comments. The consultation stays open until November so there is plenty of time for everyone to comment.”

UK Steering Group representatives:
Peter Whittall (middle left) with Chris Suter (middle right)
with UK Observers, Simon Forrester (extreme left) and Iain Turner (extreme right)

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