Grandfather Rights Set To Change

23 August, 2013
Morag Cunningham

Whether you’re a member of one of the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Schemes, or Scottish Quality Crops, Grandfather Rights will play a big part in how you operate.

Recently it was announced that changes in the rules will affect all operators using Grandfather Rights (born before 31 December 1964 and have suitable training) who use pesticides on their own farm or their employer’s holdings.

Having had a look at the new legislation, our team have highlighted some of the key points farmers should be aware of.

What are the major changes in the rule?

All operators who use plant protection products (PPPs) will be required to have a certificate of competence so that they can operate legally. Further to this, after 26th November 2015 it will be an offence for anyone to purchase PPPs unless they have ensured the end user has a relevant certificate.

When does it come into effect?

The new legislation comes into effect in November 2015 - till then there is an exemption allowing the continued use of Grandfather Rights.

What certificate will I need?

A new certificate will replace Grandfather Rights, this certificate will allow anyone born before 31st December 1964 to use PPPs on their own or their employer’s holding. This will not enable you to carry out contract work. If you wish to carry out contract work on other holdings you will be required to hold the appropriate PA certificates.

How can I find out more?

SFQC customers concerned about the change in legislation, or looking for further information on certificates of competence can contact our office for more details - we'll be happy to help you out.

To get in touch call us on 0131 335 6600. 

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