Together with our certification body, we have written, tested and implemented a series of remote assessment protocols. These have been kept as similar to our physical on-site assessments as possible to ensure your continued certification while will reducing the need to carry out numerous follow-up visits once we find ourselves in a more normal situation.
If you would like to find out more about phase one of our return to on-farm assessments.
These will be carried out via live streaming through platforms such as Whatsapp and Google Meet.
When you are due for an assessment, your assessor will contact you in advance to discuss how this works and to ensure you are able to participate using one of the accepted methods.
Continued on-site physical assessments
In-person assessments are still carried out on farms where
- incidents/complaints relating to animal welfare have been reported, or
- as part of any special measures already agreed with the member
New applicants are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis and, wherever possible we are conducting on-site audits.
As always, if you have any concerns regarding your membership, certificate expiry or you have further questions about assessments in the current situation, please contact us.
Updating your contingency plans
Please remember to keep your Emergency Contingency plans up to date and to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you foresee any potential issues around animal welfare, so we can help you maintain your usual high standards.
Care for your wellbeing
We value your wellbeing as much as we do the welfare of your animals. If you have any concerns about being isolated or poorly, and therefore unable to look after your livestock, please contact us. Remember that the Farming Community Network is also there if you need to talk on 0300 111 999
Countryside Alliance COVID-19 Hub
In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever that we support each other. With this in mind, Countryside Alliance has created a hub to lend support to rural communities and share information. This hub allows you to share ideas and connect with others around you at a time when isolation and loneliness are rife. Countryside Alliance COVID-19 Hub.
Information regarding COVID-19 on the UK Gov website
For the latest advice and guidance on COVID-19 please refer to the Public Health England website.
Contacting RSPCA Assured by post
Where possible please email us rather than send anything in the post to head office. Any items posted will be processed, but will be subject to a significant delay which could impact your certification (e.g. corrective evidence).
Please note that payment by cheques will still be accepted, however, will be subject to a delay in processing. Therefore, we request where possible, that all payments are made by BACS with your membership number used as the reference to avoid any interruption/delay to your certificate.
From the RSPCA
For more information on what the RSPCA is doing in response to COVID-19 please visit RSPCA.org.uk.