Businesses who make emissions to air, land and water are regulated by us under strict European and UK laws, to protect the environment and human health.
If your company needs to comply with these laws you will need a permission from us to operate. This permission usually comes in the form of a permit, which usually requires you to monitor your emissions.
Businesses either monitor their emissions all the time, known as continuous monitoring, or at times defined in their permit, known as spot tests or periodic monitoring. In both cases they must meet our quality requirements.
MCERTS is the Environment Agency's Monitoring Certification Scheme. It provides the framework for businesses to meet our quality requirements. If you comply with MCERTS we can have confidence in the monitoring of emissions to the environment.
Find out how MCERTS is used to approve instruments, people and laboratories:
MCERTS for air monitoring
MCERTS for soil monitoring
MCERTS for water monitoring
MCERTS for environmental data management software