Why must I register my details with the Competent Authority?
If your business activity involves plant protection products (pesticides) you must comply with the Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020. Further information on Official Controls relating to pesticides is available here. This includes registering your details and business activities with the Competent Authority. For businesses with premises in Northern Ireland, the Compentent Authority is the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland (DAERA).
Registration is your way of confirming to DAERA that you are complying with the regulations. You must only submit information that is true and accurate.
A separate register is being compiled by Defra for businesses in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). Further guidance on the GB register can be found on GOV.UK
Who must register?
Registration of operators will take place on a phased basis
Initially operators throughout the pesticide supply chain in Northern Ireland must register including:
- Manufacturers – businesses within Northern Ireland that produce formulated pesticides and/or produce pesticide ingredients or adjuvants for professional use.
- Importers – businesses that bring into Northern Ireland from outside the country (including for GB) pesticides and/or their ingredients or adjuvants for professional use within Northern Ireland.
- Processors – businesses within Northern Ireland that repack or relabel pesticides for professional use.
- Distributers – businesses that make pesticides available on the market for professional use in Northern Ireland, including wholesalers, retailers, vendors and suppliers and also include businesses that sell over the internet.
Businesses throughout the amateur (home garden) pesticides supply chain and people who use pesticides in a professional capacity will need to follow a similar process at a later date. They do not need to register now.
How to register
The Department has launched an online registration process.
You must register the information for each site or premises where professional pesticides are stored, manufactured, processed, distributed or sold.
The online system allows you to register your business address and the addresses of all premises under your control as part of the same registration process.
If you submit the wrong information, or details about your company change you must notify the Department immediately by emailing email@example.com noting ‘List of Registered Pesticide Operators’ and your unique registration reference number, in the subject line.
If your company closes or your work no longer involves pesticides you must email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be removed from the list of operators quoting the same information as above in the subject line.
Deadline for registration
If you are a company that places pesticides, their ingredients or adjuvants on the market for professional use, you must register for inclusion on the Pesticides List of Operators by 31 March 2022.
If you start carrying out any of these activities after 31 March 2022 you must register within 3 months of commencing your business.
What information is being requested?
Section 5(1) of The Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 requires that each operator notify the Competent Authority (DAERA) of the following information:
(a) their name and legal form;
(b) the activities they carry out under relevant legislation;
(c) the address(es) of the premises on which those activities are carried out.
In addition we have included two optional questions which you are under no legal requirement to answer, but if you chose to do so will confirm you have undergone the necessary training to do your job. The questions relate to:
- Certificate of competence held; and
- Membership of an industry recognised assurance scheme or CPE (CPD) Scheme
How will the information I have provided be used?
The information you provide will be used by the Department in the organisation of official controls. The pesticide official controls programme is currently in early development. Details will be provided in due course.
DAERA will share the minimum data necessary for the purposes of applying the Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 with those persons authorised by the Department to carry out official controls on our behalf. Your business information will not be made publically available.
How long will my business data be held for?
DAERA, as the Competent Authority for Northern Ireland is legally required to draw up and keep an up-to-date list of operators. Data submitted by a business via online registration for the NI List of Pesticides Operators will therefore be held by DAERA only for as long as is necessary to meet this requirement.
Where operators notify DAERA that a site has permanently closed or that the business has stopped trading, for any reason, DAERA will retain the data relating to the business in line with the Departments Retention and Disposal Schedule, after which the data will be deleted. If DAERA does not receive notification of such a change, the Department will continue to hold operators’ data.