QMS Auction Market Assurance Scheme

The Auction Market Assurance Scheme is an essential element in the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) ‘whole chain’ consumer assurance programme.

Approved members of the Auction Market Assurance Scheme handle and trade the cattle, sheep and pigs which are destined for the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands. Auction markets play a key role in minimising the stress involved to the livestock which are traded through their system. In conjunction with the other QMS whole chain assurance schemes, specific codes of practice for handling and selling of livestock have been developed.

Animal welfare and wellbeing are of paramount importance in ensuring the highest product quality. The QMS Animal Welfare and Wellbeing Charter recognises the five freedoms of animal welfare and wellbeing and is a guiding principle for all QMS assurance schemes, which are supported and approved by the Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s independent animal welfare charity.

The Auction Market Assurance Scheme is owned by QMS who have contracted Acoura, an independent inspection and certification company, to carry out the required farm assessments in order to certify and approve scheme members.

To download the Auction Market Assurance Scheme standards or application form, please click on the link to the right.