26 March 2012
CropLife Australia (CropLife) considers that a successful scheme for accrediting product stewardship arrangements should provide sufficient incentive to encourage existing, successful schemes to participate in the program. CropLife is concerned that the proposed structure and assessment processes for voluntary accreditation do not achieve this aim. Instead, schemes that may seek voluntary accreditation may be subject to an assessment process that substantially duplicates other areas of government regulation, is unnecessarily expensive and inflexible. Collectively, these measures would result in a significant disincentive for both current and new stewardship schemes to seek voluntary accreditation.
CropLife has identified a series of issues and made recommendations for changes to ensure that the incentive for stewardship schemes to seek accreditation is maximised.