ALBC CIPC Application Standard

Chlorpropham (or CIPC) is an agrochemical which is widely used as a sprout suppressant on stored potatoes, particularly in the processing sector.

Quality control, safety, professionalism and traceability are essential elements in carrying out CIPC application and the NAAC has taken a proactive role in establishing an independently audited quality standard for the application of CIPC, ensuring best practice for the use of CIPC as a potato sprout suppressant.

This covers the quality of service which the applicator provides. CIPC applicators and their customers must co-operate to ensure a safe, professional operation can take place. This Scheme offers customers genuine assurance about the activity of applicators. CIPC applicators will only be certified if they can meet the appropriate standards.

In addition to the NAAC’s CIPC Application Specific Standard, the contractor must also have been assessed against the NAAC Assured Land-Based Contractor (Generic) Standard in the current scheme year. Ideally, both audits will be carried out together. Please note, certification cannot be granted without conformity with the generic and agricultural operation standards.

The NAAC scheme is designed to help those involved in CIPC application to put in place an operation which is tightly and safely controlled, ensuring:

  • Personnel are suitably skilled and qualified
  • Machinery is regularly NSTS Tested and appropriately maintained and cleaned
  • CIPC storage and transport meet legal requirements
  • Emergency procedures are in place
  • Full traceability through record keeping
  • Hazards are identified and controlled

It will establish a framework of good and safe working practices, to be verified by NSF assessors, ensuring that the product is only applied by professional, qualified operators under strictly controlled conditions.

The standard is endorsed by the Industry CIPC Stewardship Group

The scheme is open to NAAC members and non-members and the Association will provide NAAC contractors with the appropriate support and advice.

CIPC Applicators Group – Members of the CIPC Group have pledged to work to the latest best practice recommendations as laid out under the BE CIPC Compliant initiative. The Pledge document can be found HERE.

Best practice guidelines for the use of CIPC can be found HERE.


To find out more or to organise an audit and become a professional ALBC contractor contact the NAAC