Brexit and pest control

Leaving the European Union for the pest control industry throws up some interesting changes of standards and costs.

Many pest control standards including the use of rodenticides and poisons have EU standards. Although UK standards  have similar environmental outcome aims. This article sets out the likely change of European standards on pest control and how UK standards will fall into place.
Fluctuations in currency:
large trading companies who import a great deal will find their buying power diminished. More locally sourced manufacturing will be needed to reduce the cost of a long term fall of the pound. On the contray, end users mind find the European providers offer better value for money. A web site selling Goodnature products in Euros such as
In particular, the rodenticide stewardship regime which has been a long time in being established will not be consigned to history. In fact according to Dr Alan Buckle of the Campaign for responsible rodenticide use, it will be business as usual. The UK Government have agreed that all environmental standards will be the same as before we leave the EU to when we leave the EU. 
 European standards:
In brief, the confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) have come together to form standards and norms. This resulted in the EN16636 for the pest control sector for the European union. Its premise was to ensure a responsible approach and its importance to the public health efforts in the member countries. 
The UK's pest control associations will initially be maintain the CEPA standards in the short term. However it is yet to be seen in the future whether the UK will further tighten up the standards beyond the EN16636. 
Micheal Gove, the current Department of Rural and farming affairs (DeFra) stresses farmers and the custodians of the environment will be a held to the highest possible environmental and ethical standards. There is ever chance that the Gove will increase the standards on the pest control industry. 
Labour costs will increase and the free movement of people comes to an end. Less labour available across the industries will drive up cost of staff. However, improved use of technology, like the Goodnature traps will help reduce over cost of inspection. Though a more punitive approach to the use of poison will increase other humane lethal methods of control which will need more skilled labour. 

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