Progress on the regulation of second generation rodenticides stalls

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The Product Authorisation & Mutual Recognition Facilitation Group (PA&MRFG) met on 6 December 2011 in Brussels to discuss the four proposals put forward concerning the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs).

In a move led by The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), the meeting concluded that there had been inadequate time to consider the likely consequences of any of the four proposals put forward. As a result the document will be tabled again later in January 2012.

At the meting there was irritation expressed by some Member States who felt their own national regulations adequately regulated the use of SGARs, so they did not see the need for further debate.

Readers will recall that the objective of this PA&MRFG meeting was to discuss the 18 page document covering four proposed ways forward in a bid to unify at Member State level the use of the products containing SGARs. See Pest news report.

What did become clear though, was the significance of Proposal 4, which would, in effect, eliminate entirely the use of rodenticides by amateurs – a view supported by the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA). This takes the debate to another plane, and one which would need sanctioning at a much higher level within the EU.

On a parochial UK level, the industry now waits with considerable interest to see if the long awaited for consultation document concerning environmental risk and the use of SGARs will be published by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) prior to the PA&MRFG reconvened meeting in January 2012.



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