RSPCA Assured has developed an app which streamline how the farm assurance scheme carries out on-farm assessments.

The 25 full-time assessors who visit RSPCA Assured certified members across the UK will use the app to ensure they’re meeting higher welfare standards.

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It allows assessors to upload their audit forms directly whilst visiting the member, which is expected to make the process easier and more streamlined.

Julie Taylor, field testing and implementation manager at RSPCA Assured, said: “Previously, assessors would fill out a paper form based on their assessment, but the development of this brand new app means assessors can go paper-free and will reduce the amount of time they have to spend on admin. 

RSPCA Assured expansion

Neil Scott, head of certification at RSPCA Assured, said: “I’m immensely proud of the innovative minds behind this app and can’t wait to see it launched across the board. 

“As part of our joint strategy with the RSPCA, we have an ambitious aim for more than half of all farmed animals in the UK to be reared to the RSPCA’s higher welfare standards, under the RSPCA Assured scheme, by 2030. 

“The development of this app is just one of the key steps we’re taking to help us achieve that goal.”

The app will undergo more field trials before an official roll-out takes place.