About MCS

MCS is a mark of quality and demonstrates compliance to industry standards that companies strive to meet. It highlights to consumers that companies are able to consistently install or manufacture to the highest quality every time.

FAQs – About MCS

A. Currently MCS covers the following technologies:

  • Air Source Heat Pump
  • Biomass
  • Exhaust Air Heat Pump
  • Gas Absorption Heat Pump
  • Ground/Water Source Heat Pump
  • Micro CHP
  • Pitched Roof Installation Kit
  • Solar Assisted Heat Pump
  • Solar Photovoltaic
  • Solar Thermal
  • Wind Turbine

A. MCS is an industry-led and industry-funded scheme, with a set of standards developed by independent technical committees. The scheme is managed by the MCS Service Company, a trading subsidiary of the MCS Charitable Foundation, and is supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Gemserv Ltd has been appointed on behalf of the MCS Service Company Ltd and MCS Charitable Foundation to administer the MCS. Gemserv is a specialist market design, governance and assurance service provider and has been administering MCS since 2008. For more information please visit www.gemserv.com.

A. The CEN Solar Keymark covers the certification of Solar Thermal products only and, unlike MCS, does not cover installation company certification. Consumers are able to use a Solar Thermal product approved under Solar Keymark and will still be able to claim the governments incentives (RHI and RHPP), provided the installation has been completed by an MCS certificated installation company.

Solar Keymark products are not listed on the MCS website. To search for Solar Keymark certified products, please click here to view the CEN Solar Keymark database.

A. Third party certification is an assessment carried out by an independent, third party organisation to ensure compliance with a technical specification. These organisations are known as Certification Bodies.

The Certification Bodies that carry out the MCS assessments are accredited by UKAS and licensed by the MCS Licensee to issue certification when the assessment is successfully completed.

This means that a company that holds MCS certification has demonstrated to the Certification Body that they meet the requirements outlined in the relevant MCS standards. Furthermore, MCS certified companies are required to comply with annual surveillance audits to ensure an ongoing compliance to these standards.

A list of MCS Certification Bodies can be found here.

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