DAFM announces new record keeping requirements for sellers of PPPs
Wholesalers and retailers now have to record either the Herd Number or the Professional User Number of the person purchasing professional-use PPP(s) due to new requirements from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
17 January 2019
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), has found it necessary to add additional conditions to the current record keeping requirements of wholesalers and retailers selling plant protection products (PPPs), following an operational review of compliance.
In addition to the existing requirements which can be found here, from January 1, 2019, it is obligatory for all retailers of PPPs to record either the Herd Number or the Professional User Number of the person purchasing professional-use PPPs. If one or other of these records cannot be produced, then the sale should be declined.
Furthermore, the retailer should seek to satisfy themselves that the name and address provided by the purchaser is valid. In the event of failing to satisfactorily confirm identification, the sale should be declined. These requirements now bring the purchase of PPPs into alignment with the requirements to purchase professional-use rodenticides.
Additionally, from January 1, 2019, distributors and larger retailers supplying PPPs to smaller outlets must ensure that the business in receipt of the PPP(s) is listed in the DAFM register of Pesticide Distribution Stores. You can check them out here.
If a business is not listed in this register, it will be unlawful to supply to said business. This requirement is necessary to satisfy the current Bord Bia Quality Assurance requirements, and also to restrict the sale of PPPs by unregistered outlets not in compliance with existing legislative requirements.
“The additional requirements were brought in to ensure full traceability for all products leaving a retail outlet and going onto farms or other end users, eg golf courses. Unfortunately, the existing system as implemented, was not achieving this aim.”, said Dr David McGilloway of the Pesticide Control Division in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
“Inspections of retailers will be carried out throughout the year and these changes to the requirements amongst other things will form the basis of these inspections.
“Retailers of PPPs are also obliged to register their outlet with DAFM. If you are not on the DAFM register of premises, it is illegal to sell PPPs, and illegal for a distributor to sell product to you.
“Retailers should also familiarise themselves with the training requirements necessary for the sale of plant protection products and if relevant, the requirement for secure storage facilities. Any queries on any of the issues raised in this article should be directed to DAFM at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.”, Dr McGilloway concluded.