Experts in Japanese knotweed remediation are urging the industry to subscribe to the Invasives Code, following its recently announced renaming.
Formerly known as the Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) Code, it is set by The Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) to provide quality assurance and set industry standards, which are independently assessed.
Japanese Knotweed Control, one of the UK's first specialist remediation companies and a founder member of INNSA, is calling for all non-native plant remediation specialists to subscribe in a bid to boost standards in the industry.
The Invasives Code requires subscribers to meet demanding technical standards set by INNSA, and sets out minimum warranty and insurance requirements, consumer service levels, and complaint handling process.
All members must also meet the independently assessed ISO 9001 and 14001 standards under Amenity Assured, run by Government-backed independent standards institute BASIS.
The renaming of the Code is intended to make it clearer to consumers and businesses, especially property professionals, what the Code is about. Japanese Knotweed Control has been at the forefront of encouraging the highest possible standards within the industry since it was founded in 2004.
Managing Director David Layland explains: "The renaming of the Invasives Code gives greater transparency to the clients of subscribers, providing clients with greater peace of mind. This will build confidence as property owners, alongside professions and industries that serve them, know they are assured of top quality service. We are proud to be subscribers of the Code and hope that more companies join us in becoming thoroughly vetted and quality checked to meet the Code's independently monitored and demanding standards."
The Code is regulated by the independent Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB).