Barely three months after the Confederation of European Pest Control Associations (CEPA) launched its EN 16636 certification scheme, the first pest control operator has already been certified. The honor went to Treuer GmbH, a German pest control provider based in the Rhineland. With more audits already scheduled, the certificate may be the first of its kind, but it certainly will not be the last.
The certification audit was conducted by DQS CFS, a CEPA-endorsed Certification Body with offices all over Europe. Dr. Thijs Willaert, who coordinates the EN 16636 certification at DQS CFS, was happy to see the first certification audit going so well: “Treuer GmbH reacted very quickly to the publication of the standard, helped by the fact that many of their processes were already in conformity with the standard before it was even published. They can be proud of what they have achieved.”
On behalf of Treuer GmbH, the owner Rüdiger Treuer commented: “Obtaining this certificate was particularly important for us because many of our clients are themselves certified according to the BRC and IFS standards – they understand and appreciate the value of certification. Obviously the preparation for the audit required some effort, but we regard every audit as an opportunity to discover potential for improvement and to finetune things even further. ”
Treuer GmbH is a member of DSV, the German Pest Control Association and provides pest control services for amongst others the food industry, the hospitality sector, the pharmaceutical industry, public facilities and hospitals.
About EN 16636 – CEPA Certified
EN 16636 is the European Standard for the pest management industry. It has been developed in order to professionalize the European pest management sector and to protect clients, public health and the environment. Certification according to EN 16636 is governed by CEPA, the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations. Certificates issued by DQS are automatically uploaded into the CEPA database of certified providers.