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Smith formally launches initiative of Irish Pesticide Industry

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr Brendan Smith TD, formally launched today the Irish Agricultural Supply Industry Standards Ltd., (IASIS Ltd.) at a Conference in Portlaoise.

IASIS Ltd was formerly known as BASIS (Registration ROI) Ltd, which was modelled on an independent UK organisation, BASIS (British Agrochemical Standards Inspection Scheme).

IASIS is an entirely voluntary body which resulted from an initiative of the Irish Pesticide Industry to voluntarily improve the standards of storage of pesticides in the distribution chain.

The core initiatives introduced to-date includes the provision of training for store keepers, for advisors on use of plant protection products and for sellers of veterinary medicinal products.  IASIS Ltd. has also introduced programmes for Continuous Professional Education (CPE) and for auditing of pesticide stores.

Addressing the Conference, Minister Smith said that the imminent introduction of new EU legislation on pesticides "will place an onus on all involved in pesticides - regulators, suppliers, advisors and users - to continue to act in a responsible manner.  It will result in the previously voluntary initiatives such as training and certification of distributors, advisors and users of plant protection products, now becoming mandatory".

The Minister congratulated IASIS on achieving FETAC accreditation for the provision of such training courses and was pleased that IASIS is planning to further enhance the range of services being offered to the pesticide trade, including a specific 'pesticide distributors course'.  He was also pleased to learn that suggestions for the design and management of pesticide stores would soon be drafted by IASIS.

The Minister closed his remarks by complimenting IASIS for organising the Conference as part of its CPE programme for prospective candidates for training and for those who have already successfully completed the basic 10-day training course, to help them to achieve and/or maintain competence in the pesticide area.  He expressed confidence that IASIS would become established as a 'standard bearer' in the field of pesticide training and standards.

Date Released: 07 December 2009