What is the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme?

10 July, 2013
Gary Stoddart

SFQC are one of only two certification bodies currently able to offer assessments for the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS).

The aim of the scheme is to provide assurance that biofertiliser being produced is safe and of a good quality. Those that pass the assessment can not only market their certified digestate as a product, they can also enjoy increased consumer confidence and a number of other tangible benefits.

Ideally every major plant would have their digestate certified to BCS standards. Recognising digestate as a product and not waste would have a major impact on meeting recycling targets, decreasing reliance on inorganic fertilisers and of course improving the potential profit of all AD plants involved.

Since the launch of the scheme, some local authorities now require BCS certification to meet their recycling targets. Further to this, a number of major Farm Assurance Schemes are also showing preference to BCS digestate, certified product also avoids Waste Management Controls when being handled, transported or applied.  

To date, 13 plants have been certified to the scheme’s standards, with a further 24 having received consultancy support. Though these numbers are lower than we’d initially hoped for, we’re confident that the scheme will grow more rapidly as plant owners discover the very real financial and practical benefits of certification.

Everyone wants to enjoy a safe, high quality product and BCS delivers exactly that, so the sooner more businesses recognise the scheme, the sooner both producers and consumers will reap the rewards.

Gary Stoddart is Technical Manager for SFQC’s Crops and Environmental schemes.  This blog article was based on his presentation at the UK AD & Biogas 2013 event held at Birmingham’s NEC on July 4th. To find out more about the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme contact us today.

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