• An industry leader in
    Certification of crops
    for Scottish growers
  • Working with
    Growers & Traders
    to maintain
    highest standards

LRQA maintains farm and quality assurance standards for growers throughout Scotland.

Welcome to the Scottish Quality Crops website

Scotland has taken the lead in the development of farm and quality assurance schemes. With several mechanisms now in place Scottish Quality Crops work closely with the farmer to firmly place Scotland's combinable crops at the premium end of the UK and European markets.

Through farm assurance, Scottish combinable crop growers - in association with their trade partners - are responding positively to increasing consumer awareness about modern food production.

With the Food Safety Act 1990 placing an onus on every sector of the food chain, from production through to consumption, SQC has adopted a whole industry approach representing all sectors of the combinable crop growing, wholesaling and processing industries.

 

 

NRoSO COVID COMPASSION SCHEME

Press release

National Register of Spray Operators (NRoSO) Covid Compassion Scheme - June 7th 2022

The Voluntary Initiative (VI) and City & Guilds are aware that during 2020 and 2021, several COVID-19 related circumstances led to difficulties for members of the National Register of Spray Operators (NRoSO[1]) obtaining continuing professional development (CPD) points.

The VI, NRoSO Advisory Board and City & Guilds have decided to extend the NRoSO suspension period (before membership cancellation) from 45 days to 90 days. This extension of the suspension period will start from 1st June 2022 and will run until 31st December 2022.

During this extended period, CPD points gained, will supplement any historical shortfall and lead to membership reinstatement. Members will still be required to obtain 30 CPD points for their current membership period.

Members can find how to obtain CPD points here and find their current points status by creating an online account or signing in to their account here .

If NRoSO Members have had their membership cancelled since January 1st 2022 and feel they qualify for re-instatement please contact City & Guilds at;

nrososupport@cityandguilds.com

Postal address to send correspondence:

The NRoSO Customer Support Team, City & Guilds, 4 Red Hall Court, Wakefield WF1 2UN

Tel : 02476 857300

 

New Structure for membership renewal re. CPD points.

  •             Introduction of the Covid Compassion Scheme – to be reviewed January 2023
  •                 Increases number of days outside membership term (was 45 days, increased to 90 days) that members will be able to obtain any additional CPD points to gain their full 30 points
  •                 Members membership will show as “suspended” on system from the day of their 3 year term ending
  •                 CPD points can be gained from either historical events (such as NSTS test (1 per membership year, 3 points), agronomist meetings (2 per membership year, 2 points per meeting) or new events (such as agronomist meetings, subscriptions, EIO online learning (2, 4 or 8 point course available) if held within the Covid Compassion Scheme window – please refer to NRoSO National Register of Sprayer Operators
  •                 Members can still operate under Farm Assurance during this period of suspension
  •             Membership cancellation
  •                 If members do not obtain their required 30 points within their 3 year period + the additional 90 days now provided through the Covid Compassion Scheme, their membership will be cancelled for 6 months
  •                 Members will not be able to operate under Farm Assurance during this period
  •                 After 6 months, members will be able to re-join the scheme under a new membership.

 

[1] The National Register of Sprayer Operators (NRoSO) was formed in 2003. The scheme has in excess of 20,000 members. The scheme aims to enhance human, food and environmental safety via Continuing Professional Development (CPD). NRoSO provides proof to farm assurance schemes and government, of up-to-date knowledge and compliance of spray operators, in the use of handling and application of Plant Protection Products.

 

 

SQC NEWS UPDATE

Introduction

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new SQC Managing Director and say how much I look forward to working on your behalf.  I would also like to pass on my thanks to your outgoing SQC Executive Director, Alistair Ewan, for all the support he has given me over the past few months – since accepting the position and working alongside him, before taking over the helm at the start of May.

To ensure you are kept up to date with what is happening within SQC, I will be providing news updates through the year – ensuring you are kept fully informed of any changes, important news or work we are undertaking behind the scenes at SQC.

Kindest regards, Teresa Dougall, SQC Managing Director

 

Reminder to annual changes on Sprayer Testing

would like to remind all SQC members that sprayer testing timescales are changing from 1August 2022. Currently minimum legal requirements are followed, which is testing sprayers with boom widths over 3 metres every three years, with the additional need of SQC members to carry out a self-assessment for the interim 2 years.  From the new Scheme year 2022/23 members are required to have their main crop sprayer tested annually.

National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS) data shows that of all sprayers presented for test, 54% have no faults.  This means that the rest, 46%, have one or more faults that are required to be repaired before the machine can pass the test.  The majority of these sprayers are tested annually but NSTS data shows that the number of sprayers needing some form of repair is much higher when testing is carried out less frequently.

Leaks and drips are the most common faults. Safe and accurate application of pesticides must be achieved from all sprayers and more regular testing helps ensure this, but will also save downtime for the operator with faults being rectified during the test.

An operator check sheet, available from the NSTS website, is similar to the self-assessment sheet currently in use and as best practice should be used at intervals during the season to keep the machine running in good condition. There is also space to record a calibration, already a requirement for SQC members.

NSTS have over 46 Test Centres in Scotland and the North of England, and more than 100 qualified machine Examiners to test sprayers. Your nearest or preferred company can be found by clicking here

For more information, go to the NSTS website – www.nsts.org.uk or contact them direct on 01733 207608.

 

Professional Pesticide Users Required to Register with DEFRA by 22nd June

The Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020 have now come into force, requiring all farm businesses using pesticides to register their details. The regulations cover Plant Protection Product (PPP - more commonly known as pesticide) use in Great Britain). If you use pesticides and adjuvants on your farm, you are legally obliged to register your business name, all addresses where pesticides are stored, and an estimated volume of pesticides you use. The registration deadline is 22 June 2022.

Register by clicking here.

 

Update on booking SQC assessments

We previously emailed all SQC growers regarding the option to pre-book your audit.  For clarification, there are 2 options available:

  1.      You await your auditor contacting you to book in your audit
  2.      You contact LRQA on 0131 619 2100 or email sqc-ca@lr.org to pre book your audit – possibly helping to find a date that suits

It appears that some thought there was a change to the SQC process.  However, there is no change – we are just offering another option to try and make things easier for our growers when organising their audit.

 

Reminder on SQC Passport Completion

With harvest approaching, please see below reminder regarding individuals (grower / storekeeper) obligations when completing passports.  We appreciate that the majority of passports are already correctly completed.  However, to avoid any unnecessary delays at the other end, we ask that you double check your passports once filled in to ensure that all the sections are correctly and fully filled in.

       Section 1 – Grower / Storekeeper declaration

o   Please ensure all relevant boxes filled in / ticked.  If ticking box for RED Complaint, please all ensure you sign and print your name under Section 8 (Renewable Energy Directive).  Also remember to write in the Crop Harvest Year in this section.  Despite the fact that the passport does state the harvest year, you are still required to write this in.

       Section 4 – Post Harvest Treatment

o   Please ensure you circle the relevant point (A, B or C) as appropriate – including the date and product in bottom two boxes of this section.

       Section 5 – Fusarium Mycotoxins

o   Remember to include the Mycotoxin Risk Assessment Score and complete the remainder of boxes in this section as appropriate.

       Section 6 – Confirmation

o   Do not forget to sign this section – printing your name and position in other boxes.

       Section 8 – Renewable Energy Directive

As per note above in relation to Section 1 – remember to sign and print your name in this section.

 

SQC ON THE ROAD

Your SQC Chairman, Andrew Moir, and I recently attended Fife Show – having been invited to spend time on the NFUS stand meeting with their members and taking questions.  We also made the most of this opportunity sitting down with NFUS President, Martin Kennedy, and QMS Chair, Kate Rowell to discuss farm assurance.

We will next be on the road on Thursday 23 June at Royal Highland Show and again on Tuesday 5 July at Arable Scotland – with space in the SRUC stand.  We would be more than happy to meet up for a chat – just email me on Teresa.dougall@scottishqualitycrops.co.uk

 

 

INVITATION TO TENDER - SQC

 

Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) will shortly be open to tender applications for the future provision of assessment and certification services for the Scottish Quality Crops assurance scheme.

 

Tender applications will be circulated on 09 May with the closing date for applications set for 10 June 2022.

 

The purpose of this is to appoint a third-party Certification Body (CB) contractor, to provide independent assessment and certification services to its assurance programme. The programme provides reassurance to consumers that a crop has been produced under stringent standards of food safety, environmental protection and good farming practice.  The scope of this tender includes all relevant activities related to the assessment and certification of the schemes including assessment of any new and existing assurance scheme members and continuous development of the SQC assurance schemes. 

 

For further information, please email Teresa.dougall@scottishqualitycrops.co.uk

 

SQC URGE MEMBERS TO BOOK AUDITS EARLY

 

With combine season just around the corner, Scottish Quality Crops are urging members to pre book their audit date early and ensure adequate time for the provision of crop passports.    

 

Andrew Moir, SQC Chairman, said “Planning is vital at this time of year and I know how busy things can get.  Changing weather does not help the situation – when it is good, we all want to be out there, getting the work done.  The assessors want to work with our members to make the organising of your audit as simple as possible and understand that part of this is organising a time that best suits.  However, we all need to work with our certification body and assessors – making sure that there is then adequate boots on the ground when and where needed.  And to do this, a certain element of planning is required.  I would urge all members who will need their passports in the next couple of months to contact LRQA as soon as possible and organise a date.”

 

Andrew also said, “We are working closely with LRQA to streamline the process – meaning that you do not need to wait until contacted by an auditor to set your date.  Why not organise it a time that better suits you?  At SQC, we are working hard to communicate this message widely – to allow everyone to work better together.  To book your audit, you can call LRQA direct on 0131 619 2100 or email sqc-ca@lr.org. Or, if you would prefer to speak directly to the audit planners, their contact details are:

 

SPRAYER OPERATOR DATES 2021-2022

 

Sprayer Operator Dates 2021-2022

DECEMBER

FEBRUARY

Coupar Angus

02-Feb

38337

38339

Forfar

01-Dec

38290

38291

Dunfermline

03-Feb

38340

38341

Keith

02-Dec

38294

38295

Laurencekirk

04-Feb

38343

38344

Perth

03-Dec

38296

38297

Falkirk

07-Feb

38345

38346

Inverurie

06-Dec

38298

38300

Blackford

08-Feb

38347

38348

Cupar

07-Dec

38302

38303

Banchory

09-Feb

38349

38350

Falkirk

08-Dec

38288

38289

Lanark

10-Feb

 

38355

Laurencekirk

10-Dec

38304

38307

Arbroath

16-Feb

38356

 

Coupar Angus

14-Dec

38281

38282

Musselburgh

17-Feb

38357

38358

JANUARY

Inverurie

18-Feb

38359

38360

Cupar

22-Feb

38361

38362

Cupar

06-Jan

38308

38309

Laurencekirk

23-Feb

38363

38364

Coupar Angus

07-Jan

38310

38311

On-Line

25-Feb

38365

38366

On-Line (Dumfries)

10-Jan

 

38312

MAY

Ellon

11-Jan

38313

38314

Musselburgh

25-May

38367

38368

Inverurie

12-Jan

38315

38317

Keith

26-May

38369

38370

Musselburgh

13-Jan

38318

38321

Inverurie

27-May

38371

38372

Laurencekirk

14-Jan

38322

38323

Coupar Angus

30-May

38373

38374

Arbroath

17-Jan

38333

38355

Ellon

31-May

38375

38376

Kelso

19-Jan

38324

38325

JUNE

Berwick

20-Jan

38326

38327

Kelso

01-Jun

38377

38378

Rothbury

21-Jan

38328

 

Cupar

02-Jun

38379

38380

On-Line (Inverness)

24-Jan

38329

38330

Laurencekirk

03-Jun

38381

38382

Cupar

25-Jan

38331

38332

 Falkirk

06-Jun

38382

 

 

Moisture Meter Calibration

Moisture meters must be calibrated as per SQC Standards. This can be undertaken by,

  • Receiving a know moisture sample from your merchant or agent
  • Sending Moisture Meter to a Moisture meter clinic
  • Sending Moisture Meter to the manufacturer for calibration