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We must carry out an assessment within 12 weeks of receiving your application, but will always try to do so sooner. Assessments typically take around two-and-half hours depending on the size and type of operation, although your first assessment may take a little longer.
During an assessment, our assessors must remain impartial and are therefore unable to give advice whilst conducting an assessment.
RSPCA welfare standards
The RSPCA welfare standards (set by the RSPCA’s farm animals department) are occasionally updated to take account of the latest scientific, veterinary and industry knowledge.
You will be given three months' notice of any changes. A longer notice period will be given when changes are significant.
The RSPCA holds Standards Technical Advisory Group meetings (STAGs) for each species at least once a year.
If you have any feedback regarding standards or are interested in participating in an advisory group please contact the RSPCA’s Farm Animals Department.
Two months before your certificate expires you will be sent a letter inviting you to renew. As soon as we receive your membership fee your renewal certificate will be available on your members portal to view and download.
Your assessor will contact you during your new membership period to arrange your next assessment.
We must carry out your assessment within 12 months of renewing your membership. Assessments typically take around two and a half hours depending on the size and type of operation.
Adding a site or unit
If you wish to add an additional site, unit or vehicle etc. at a later date you will need to submit a new application and payment. The new certificate will expire on the same date as any existing certificates. This is so all sites can be reassessed at the same time.
Before applying to become an RSPCA Assured member we encourage you to read the full terms and conditions of our membership agreement, but ask that you pay particular attention to the following.
As a member of RSPCA Assured you agree to: