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If you want to operate pest control commercially, you must report this to the health authority.

Pesticides are substances and preparations intended to render harmless or destroy pests and harmful organisms or annoying organisms. Pest control shall be carried out in such a way that humans and the environment are not endangered.

Anyone who uses very toxic, toxic or harmful substances and preparations for the first time

  • professionally carried out with others, or
  • does not only occasionally and not only to a small extent in its own establishment, in which food is produced, treated or placed on the market or in a facility referred to in § 36 of the Infection Protection Act,

must notify the competent authority thereof.

In particular, the notification shall contain the following information:

  • proof that the company's personnel, space and safety equipment is sufficient and suitable for this work,
  • the number of workers handling the pesticides,
  • for pesticides intended for pest control, the
    • Designation
    • Properties
    • mechanisms of action,
    • Application methods and
    • decontamination measures,
  • the areas of intended pest control and target organisms against which pest control is to be carried out, and
  • the result of the assessment of whether the control objective can also be carried out with less dangerous pesticides.


Sufficient staffing is available if suitable competent persons are employed.
Suitable is who

  • is at least 18 years old,
  • has the reliability required to deal with pest control, and
  • proves by the certificate of a doctor in accordance with § 7 paragraph 1 of the Ordinance on Occupational Health Prevention that there are no indications that make him/her physically and mentally unsuitable for handling pesticides; the certificate must not be older than five years.

Knowledgeable is who

  • regularly undergoes further training and
  • has passed the examination in accordance with the Ordinance on Vocational Training as a Pest Controller of 15 July 2004 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 1638), or
  • has passed the examination in accordance with the Ordinance on the Examination for the Recognised Degree "Geprüfter Schädlingsbekämpfer/Geprüfte Schädlingsbekämpferin" of 19 March 1984 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 468) or
  • has passed the examination as an assistant or master for pest control according to no longer applicable law in the old federal states or according to the law of the former GDR.
  • Anyone who has passed an examination or successfully completed training that has been recognised by the competent authority as equivalent to the aforementioned examinations is also competent. Where the intended pest control is limited to certain areas of application, anyone who has passed an examination or successfully completed training recognised as suitable for those activities by the competent authority shall also be competent.

The application can be made informally.
Proof of equivalent competence provided within the EU community should also be submitted in German.

Hints

For pest control of vertebrates, a certificate of competence according to the Animal Welfare Act on the knowledge and skills necessary for the killing of vertebrates is also required (see Pest Control (Vertebrates) Commercial - Permit).

  • Annex I No. 3 Ordinance on Protection against Hazardous Substances (GefStoffV),
  • Hazardous Substances Responsibility Ordinance - GefZustVO,
  • § 36 Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans (Infection Protection Act - IfSG). Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans (Infection Protection Act - IfSG)Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans (Infection Protection Act - IfSG)Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans (Infection Protection Act - IfSG)

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  • § 36 IfSG
  • GefZustVO
  • GefStoffV

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