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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The Certification Bodies Forum discusses and addresses any certification related issues and helps drive the continuous improvement of the Scheme.
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.
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.
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
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.
Summary of Responses
Outcome to follow shortly
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 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.
If you are a product manufacturer who already has a product certified by an equivalent scheme but it does not appear in the MCS Product Directory, then please contact the relevant equivalent scheme directly to request its addition.