Laboratories Appointment

Approval Scheme, Terms and Conditions, Indpendent Assessment and applying to become a BCS approved lab.

Laboratory Approval Scheme

REAL has established a framework for laboratories approved to undertake testing on the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (and Compost Certification Scheme) – the Laboratory Approval Scheme.

The Laboratory Approval Scheme (LAS) document sets out the respective responsibilities of REAL, the Certification Bodies (CBs) appointed under the Schemes, and the Approved Laboratories. The LAS document is available to download here.

Terms and Conditions for Approved Laboratories

Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL) has a set of terms and conditions for laboratories appointed to undertake testing under the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme. These terms and conditions include:

  • performance and compliance criteria
  • provisions for samples transport, storage, and preparation
  • participation in inter-laboratory trials, spot checks and proficiency testing schemes
  • reporting of test results

A laboratory’s appointment will be dependent on compliance with all the terms and conditions. If REAL should have evidence that the laboratory has not complied with these terms and conditions, their appointment may be terminated. 

When appointed by REAL, the laboratory agrees to comply with all requirements specified in this agreement at all times.

Independent assessment

REAL have appointed an auditor to independently audit the labs for conformity with the T&Cs. You can read a summary report from the independent assessment below:

Applying to become a BCS Approved Laboratory

There are currently two approved laboratories appointed to undertake testing under the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme. If you wish to become an approved laboratory, please read through the guidance notes available for applicants here. Information about the application procedure, assessment techniques, and the application fees, can be found in this guidance document.

Once you have read through the guidance notes, you can download the application form. At this stage we only require basic information to complete the form, including your business details and the tests performed by your laboratory/subcontractors.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us using the email address