MCerts is available for a large range of monitoring equipment including software. Certification helps to ensure quality and consistency of information, and within its jurisdiction, the Environment Agency (EA) sometimes mandates MCerts equipment under its Operator Monitoring Assessment (OMA) scheme.
If you have an environmental permit or consent for discharges or emissions, it is important to know what is expected from your business. One of the requirements may be monitoring to MCerts standards. If this is your permit, it is very important that you comply and that your equipment, staff, labs, and contractors have the appropriate experience and certification. It might be worth a quick check of your permit now!
There is no equivalent certification for an EDMS ( Environment Data Management System) available anywhere in the world other than MCerts. So although the EA has no jurisdiction outside England and Wales, clearly having MCertified equipment and software is going to help give any regulator additional confidence.