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Governance

OUR STRUCTURE AND ITS PURPOSE

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme Service Company (MCSSCo) trades as MCS. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the MCS Charitable Foundation. MCSSCo is incorporated under the Laws of England and Wales with registration number 07759366 and is based at Suite F40, Innovation Centre, Sci-Tech, Daresbury, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4FS. VAT Number GB 189 2823 64.

Since 2008, MCS has become the recognised Standard for UK products and their installation in the small-scale renewables sector. The Standards are owned by MCS Charitable Foundation and produced by MCS, following development by independent Technical Working Groups.

This governance model is designed to raise and maintain standards and consumer protection. We are independent of, but supported by Government. MCS is responsible for the day to day running of the Scheme which has been independent of Government since novation in April 2018.

For any further information on the Governance of MCS, or to express an interest in joining a Group or Forum, please email the Secretariat, meetings@mcscertified.com

OUR STRUCTURE

The Governance structure of MCS is as follows:

STAKEHOLDER ADVISORY GROUP

Policy and strategy setting

The Stakeholder Advisory Group is a panel of industry experts, government and other stakeholder representatives set up to advise the Board regarding the policy and strategic direction of MCS.

STANDARDS MANAGEMENT GROUP

Oversight of our Standards

The Standards Management Group oversees the activity of the Technical Working Groups and is responsible for ratification of the Standards.

TECHNICAL WORKINGS GROUPS

Developing and maintaining Standards

There are several Technical Working Groups which develop MCS Standards and Scheme documents. Many members sit on European committees to develop European Standards. This helps to ensure MCS is up to date and aligns the Scheme with current EN Standards.

CERTIFICATION BODIES FORUM

Certification management

The Certification Bodies Forum discusses and addresses any certification related issues and helps drive the continuous improvement of the Scheme.

CHANGE PROCESS

This change process relates to updates to MCS Scheme documents and Standards. As well as this, a formal change process for making any changes to the Scheme governance itself is also documented.

APPEAL PROCEDURE

MCS has a procedure for appealing against a decision made by a MCS committee, or the Chair, in relation to breaches of an MCS committee’s code of conduct.

CONSULTATIONS

Feedback loop for Standards development

MCS periodically issues consultations. This usually takes place when developing or updating MCS Scheme documents.

Date Deadline for responses Description of Consultation Status Summary of Responses
Date 26/07/2019 Deadline for responses 23/08/2019 Description of Consultation

A one-month consultation on new Battery Storage Standard (MIS 3012).

Microgeneration Installation Standard: MIS 3012 has been drafted. This new Standard outlines the requirements for MCS Contractors undertaking the supply, design, installation, set to work commissioning and handover of electrical energy (battery) storage systems

Status

Closed

Summary of Responses

Outcome to follow

Date 05/04/2019 Deadline for responses 03/05/2019 Description of Consultation

MCS Best Practice Guide: A Guide to Renewable Heat Pumps. MCS Guidance Document 002 (Guidance for MIS 3005) has been updated and is now included within an overall Best Practice Guide: A Guide to Renewable Heat Pumps.

Status

Closed

Summary of Responses

Outcome to follow shortly

For any further information on consultations, or to submit a response, please email the Secretariat, meetings@mcscertified.com

EQUIVALENT SCHEMES

Many manufacturers sell their products internationally. MCS chooses to recognise other non-UK product certification schemes based on their product testing regimes. By recognising other product schemes which are at least as rigorous as MCS, we enable cross-border trade and reduce duplication of testing and certification.

This gives UK consumers more choice and reduces cost. Installations can only be compliant if installed by an MCS certified installer ensuring that consumers are still protected.

MCS currently recognises three European product certification schemes. These are:

  • CEN Solar Keymark for the certification of Solar Thermal products
  • CEN Heat Pump Keymark for Heat Pump products
  • Eurovent Certita for Heat Pump products

MCS product equivalence applies to the recognition of products only and does not extend to full MCS scheme equivalence. This is due to the additional requirements MCS places on installers who must utilise MCS or equivalent certified products. MCS equivalent products can be used, and if available, the prevailing government incentives (RHI and RHPP) can be claimed, provided the installation has been completed by an MCS certified installer.

Products recognised as MCS equivalent are listed in our Product Directory.