Time's up for Grandfather Rights
From November 26th 2015 anyone applying a pesticide authorised for professional use will need to hold a specified certificate of competence.
The exemption allowing those born before 31st December 1964 to use professional pesticides without such a certificate will no longer apply.
The VI is an industry-led programme that promotes responsible pesticide use.
Key elements of the VI are the National Register of Sprayer Operators (NRoSO), the National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS) and the Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPMP) replacing the Crop Protection Management Plan (CPMP)More info »
Watch Out for Illegal Pesticides
A campaign alerting farmers and advisers to the risks of illegal pesticides, what to look out for and how to report suspicious productsMore info »
The new Integrated Pest Management Plan is now availableMore info »
From November 26th 2016 all pesticide application equipment in use needs to hold a valid NSTS test certificate.
This includes trailed, mounted and self-propelled sprayers as well as foggers, misters, granular and slug pellet applicators.