Join the Charter
BMPA works closely with buyers, consumer groups and legislators to understand what the market wants from producers. The Quality Pork Charter puts that into a practical standard that’s accepted by all major buyers.
Because this is the most widely accepted standard, members of the BMPA Pork Scheme can sell their products to the largest number of customers without the need for different requirements. Membership also opens up more opportunities to sell to businesses that only buy assured products.
Benefits of membership
Beyond the opportunity to sell into a bigger market, companies that adhere to the Scheme Rules find that their businesses also benefit from increased efficiency. Staying compliant often means staying competitive. Members also report the added bonus that they’re subject to less Government scrutiny because they go above and beyond the minimum legal requirements. The following are key benefits of membership:
- Access to a bigger market for your products
- Achieve higher prices for your assured products
- Less Government red tape
- Keep your business efficient and competitive
- Build a stronger, more trusted brand
We welcome any eligible business wishing to become certified and encourage you to talk to us to get advice and guidance on what’s involved. Find out how your business can become part of the BMPA Quality Pork Charter.
The application process
Before you start, we would encourage you to read through the Scheme Rules and relevant module documents to understand the requirements and decide if membership is right for your business. If you have any questions, you can call our Technical Advisor to talk in more detail.
Once you’ve decided to go ahead, you’ll need to fill in the pre-assessment application form, which you can find here. The BMPA will check and then send your completed form to the independent, external Audit Service Provider.
2. Initial set-up
The Auditors will contact you within 5 working days to quote audit costs and schedule the first audit date with you. They may also ask for more information if necessary.
3. Initial audit
An initial audit will be carried out within 6 months of your application.