Useful Information Sheets & Guidance Notes

REAL have produced several guidance documents on frequent queries:  

  1. Compost sampling guidance This compost sampling guidance will guide producers to take representative samples of compost and ensure consistency of sampling.
  2. Guidelines for sampling and testing the soil according to the Compost Quality Protocol requirements
  3. Guidelines on composting noxious weeds
  4. Compost safety (handling and use) guidelines
  5. AfOR information sheet on managing the risks of herbicides in composting systems
  6. Guidance on composting paper and cardboard
  7. Guidance on Legionella
  8. Guidance on Quality Meat Scotland standard's requirementsThis document outlines the additional quality requirements for Quality Meat Scotland members in addition to the requirements of the basic requirements of the CCS standards.
  9. CCS Position on Technical Requirements This is the accompanying document to the CCS Scheme Rules, outlining the scheme position on specific requirements. The aim of this note is to provide clarification on some of the technical aspects of PAS100, CQP and the CCS Scheme Rules (latest version). The interpretations given in this document have been discussed and agreed with the certification bodies and their inspectors.
  10. How to label a PAS100 sample & prepare the relevant paperwork
  11. REAL CCS guidance note on RPS 241This note provides guidance to CCS participants and appointed Certification Bodies on the applicable changes.
  12. Guidance on assessing PAS 100 test results against SEPA plastic limits Operators (or their representatives) are required to review laboratory test results to ensure digestates pass SEPA’s plastic limit, as well as the PAS100 physical contaminant limit. This document provides guidance on how to make such an assessment.
  13. CCS Guidance Document for Applicants Gives a detailed explanation of the process of applying to CCS.

Important Note: The provisions of the guidance given in these documents are subject to approval and possible change by the Environment Agency of England and Wales, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and Northern Ireland Environment Agency, and to further guidance from the CCS Technical Advisory Committee. 

The independent Certifying Bodies appointed by CCS will follow the conditions of PAS 100, the CQP, and SEPA's position, whilst also taking into account the CCS Scheme Rules.