In February 2020, the European Commission and the German Environment Agency organized the 2nd workshop on non-chemical alternatives in rodent control (NoCheRo). At the workshop, a draft guidance for testing efficacy and animal welfare of rodent break back / snap traps was presented to representatives from the EU Member States authorities on biocides, the European Commission, the scientific community, NGOs and industry. Overall, the guidance received positive feedback from the workshop members. It was agreed that an objective assessment of traps is necessary to improve animal welfare, to identify inefficient traps and to collect data for the comparative assessment of non-chemical alternatives with rodenticides.
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