If your company needs to comply with these laws you will need a permission from us to operate. This permission usually comes in the form of a permit, which usually requires you to monitor your emissions.
Businesses either monitor their emissions all the time, known as continuous monitoring, or at times defined in their permit, known as spot tests or periodic monitoring. In both cases they must meet our quality requirements.
MCERTS is the Environment Agency’s Monitoring Certification Scheme. It provides the framework for businesses to meet our quality requirements. If you comply with MCERTS we can have confidence in the monitoring of emissions to the environment.
MCERTS is used to approve instruments, people and laboratories.
When you submit chemical test data on potentially contaminated soils to the Environment Agency it must meet the quality requirements set out in the MCERTS standard. You can also submit results from on-site testing using rapid measurement techniques but the results must be backed up by suitable MCERTS accredited laboratory analyses. You must provide evidence of appropriate quality control and calibration procedures.