All members of RSPCA Assured are assessed once per year to ensure the higher welfare standards are being met. When you first join RSPCA Assured, one of our assessors will come and conduct your initial assessment.
Your initial assessment
An assessment generally takes around two hours but you might find your first one to be a little longer depending on the size and type of operation.
During an assessment, our assessors must remain impartial and are therefore unable to give advice whilst conducting an assessment. You will, however, also receive a monitoring visit from an RSPCA livestock officer during your first year of membership and they are able to provide advice.
Once complete, your assessor will leave you a copy of their report. This will tell you which, if any, standards you have not met. For the purposes of our reports, unmet standards are called non-compliances.
Within four weeks of your assessment, you will need to send us evidence clearly showing you have made any required changes.
Changes after you’ve been approved
If anything changes after you’ve been approved, for example, your facilities, vehicles, management, location or stocking density, please inform us in writing straight away.
Six weeks before your certificate expires you will be sent a letter inviting you to renew. As soon as we receive your membership fee we will send you your new certificate.
Your assessor will contact you during your new membership period to arrange your next assessment.
Upon renewal, some RSPCA Assured members will also receive a monitoring visit. These are compulsory and can even be unannounced. They provide an additional level of assurance to your customers that you are adhering to the RSPCA welfare standards. These visits are at no cost to you and the farm livestock officers will aim to cause as little disruption to your schedule as possible.
You will find more information regarding renewals, in your 'renewing your membership' factsheet.