Easter Road company becomes the first in Scotland to receive European Standard for Pest Management Services accreditation
An Edinburgh firm has become the first in Scotland to achieve a new accreditation promoting professional standards in pest control.
Speedy Pest Control last week became only the 14th in the UK to be measured by the European Standard for Pest Management Services, which serves as a demonstration of credentials and benchmark of quality throughout Europe.
Sales director Saf Ahmed is confident that the accreditation, which is independently assessed, will help his company stand out from the crowd.
He said: “The EN16636 Standard is a mark of quality, so the fact we’re among the first to be accredited in the UK is a feather in our cap.
“It’s very important for us to demonstrate our professional status and achieving this accreditation provides independent proof of that.
“It was a lot of hard work to achieve it because the auditing process was tough, but we’re members of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) and they steered us in the right direction. We believe it will be worth the effort in the end.”
The EN16636 Standard, and its accompanying certification scheme, was launched earlier this year by the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA).
It defines quality and best practice and acts as an assurance that member companies are fully qualified to deal with all species of both rodents and insects and experts on integrated pest management, the use of chemicals and health and safety issues.
The standard is the cornerstone of a strategy to portray a positive image of the pest control industry in terms of public health, food safety, environmental sustainability and economic significance.
Simon Forrester, chief executive of the BPCA, believes the move will deliver significant benefits for the company, which also has offices in Glasgow and London.
He said: “We know of many pest controllers who are untrained and do not stay up-to-date with the latest products, techniques and legislation – and that’s something which can create big problems.
“But this will demonstrate Speedy is on a level playing field with the best pest management companies in the world and will mean that, by employing them, businesses and individuals can be totally confident of a professional service.”