07 February 2023
Selection made from shortlist of three.
BASIS Registration has taken over the role of administering the National Register of Sprayer Operators (NRoSO) on behalf of the Voluntary Initiative and the two organisations are making plans to enhance the scheme and offer member benefits.
BASIS was awarded the role to administer the register of some 21,000 members ranging from users of knapsack sprayers up to operators covering large areas of broad acre crops.
The tender process was overseen by members of the VI Board and BASIS Registration was selected from three short-listed suppliers.
VI Operations Director Neal Evans said: “BASIS Registration was awarded the contract due to its existing and proven track record in administering professional registers.”
BASIS Chief Executive Stephen Jacob stressed that the NRoSO scheme will be operated separately.
“We are recruiting a dedicated team to service NRoSO and its members," he said. “In addition, we have dedicated phone lines and a new website.”
While all parties are working for as smooth a change over as possible, some glitches are inevitable.
For instance, no new applications have been accepted since the end of 2022. But key stakeholders, such as Red Tractor, have been made aware and there will be some tolerance in the operation of assurance schemes for a short period.
“BASIS has made significant investment in digital technology to deliver benefits to its professional register members,” Stephen said. “We aim to offer the same benefits to NRoSO members. Once the initial transfer is complete, we will looking to develop benefits, such as the popular BASIS Classroom technology for on-line training. This will allow sprayer operators to gain CPD points at times that suit them.
Neal said: “NRoSO is an important part of providing assurance to food processors, retailers and consumers that plant protection products are being used professionally. I believe the standard of sprayer operators in the UK is as high as anywhere in the world. Together with the National Sprayer Testing Scheme and IPM planning, it is a vital part of the work overseen by the VI.”