Pest Control Industry: Demonstrating Your Quality
The first European Pest Management Standard, BS EN 16636:2015 - Pest management services requirements and competences, and the accompanying certification scheme, CEPA Certified®, sets the benchmark for professional pest management.
Promoted by CEPA (Confederation of European Pest Management Associations) and supported by supply-chain end users, this business standard is improving the quality of pest management services throughout Europe.
The driver for the introduction of this scheme arose from the presence of arthropods, rodents and other vertebrates and micro-organisms in proximity to humans due to changes in ecology, climate and human behavioural patterns, which introduced a significant threat to public health. These organisms are known to spread diseases, pathogens and allergens and may cause damage to personal property, structures, cause economic losses and have an impact on the reputation of commercial businesses.
The Technical Committee (CEN) identified a clear necessity to develop a single common standard throughout Europe to demonstrate that pest management service providers following this standard offer a professional, recognised service, delivered by competent personnel. These pest management companies can demonstrate their commitment to providing a quality and safe service to minimise the risk for their clients and the impacts on the environment and animal welfare.
It applies to pest management companies who are involved in the assessment, recommendation and execution of control and prevention procedures in respect of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Please note, it does not apply to companies delivering services in the area of field crop protection and routine cleaning and disinfection associated with regular contract cleaning services.
Before the introduction of CEPA Certified®, there had been no national standards or licensing requirements in place for pest management companies. This made it difficult for consumers and businesses to choose a reputable supplier they could trust, but it also meant it was tough for smaller pest management companies to prove their quality when faced with competition from industry leaders.
For most companies, certification involves a one-day audit and a field visit to observe applied practice. Certification lasts for three years and includes a second surveillance audit, usually lasting half a day, half way through the certification period.
The assessment covers everything from competence of staff and service, to client communication and record keeping for all pest management operations. To help companies prepare ahead of the certification process, CEPA has developed an easy-to-use, optional self-evaluation test.
Once you have completed this test, an approved certification body such as Bureau Veritas can undertake an assessment to evaluate whether or not you meet the requirements.
As a member of BPCA (British Pest Control Association), you can benefit from the opportunity to be independently audited to the BS EN 16636 standard by Bureau Veritas and achieve CEPA Certified® at a special membership rate. For more details on this opportunity, please contact us.
Bureau Veritas has worked closely with CEPA and other Associations to help shape the standard. We were the first certification body in the UK to issue CEPA certifications and we continue to take the lead in Europe, CEPA approved in 18 EU member states.