About the Accreditation Scheme

Accredited Spill Contractors mean Consistent Standards

The Accreditation Scheme is voluntary and exists to maintain consistent standards of oil spill clean up. The standards for Accreditation in the Scheme are supported by the United Kingdom Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the United Kingdom Environmental Agencies (the Agencies) and provides a guide to consumers, industrial or commercial organisations of good practice.

Contractors, or other organisations seeking Accreditation are inspected by independent, qualified, and experienced Scheme Assessors. An Assessor will review new applications, visit, inspect and award Accreditation status to each Contractor, or organisation who complies with the requirements of the Scheme. Those Accredited are then monitored, and must submit an Annual report, to be Re Accredited, with an on site visit at least every 3 years.

The Scheme is supervised by a Steering Group, that represents both Agencies, Contractors and related interest groups, which meets at least annually. The Scheme is managed by a Scheme Manager, who reports to the Steering Group on the Scheme, and with the approval of the Agencies, appoints Independent Scheme Assessors to inspect, assess and award accreditation for all contractors/organisations listed on this website.

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From January 2017, a new company will be required, on joining the Scheme, to complete an OLA submission and have a site visit. This initial submission will be monitored and updated by a periodic visit to each company by the Scheme Manager/Assessor. This visit will be to update your OLA entry, inspect facilities / equipment and review your compliance with the requirements of the Scheme.

Under the Scheme, Re Accreditation should take place at intervals of not more than 3 years. Over the last three years, this Re Accreditation was required via completion of an On Line Assessment (OLA) by companies, which was then supplemented/verified by a visit from an Assessor.

As in the past, for Accredited companies/organisations to maintain their status as Approved, you need to be in compliance with the conditions of the Scheme. If you do not comply, your status will be changed to Pending, and a site visit to verify your status will take place

Annual Scheme Fees


The Scheme is self funding, with no external subsidies, and for the changes to take place the existing fee structure is to be replaced by a new flat fee. The new fee structure intends that the fees are related to ability to pay, spread over 3 bands and according to spill related turnover, this change with effect for the 2017 year.

The fee structure is as follows:

Annual Fee bands for Spill related turnover

0249,999 Annual Fee 650 plus vat
250,000-499,999 Annual Fee 1050 plus vat
500,000999,999 Annual Fee 1650 plus vat
1 million and above Annual Fee 2450 plus vat

Initial Joining Fee on first Accreditation

According to spill related t/o band, non-refundable, and in addition to the Annual fee.

As previously, to maintain the support of the Maritime and Environment Agencies for the Scheme, Accredited companies are required to complete a short Annual Report, and/or a full On Line Assessment, (OLA) and make payment of the Annual fee.

MANDATORY Accreditation Modules

Standards Compliance & Company Information

Module 0. Standards Compliance & Company Information

Module 1. Basic Spill Responder

OPTIONS – SPECIALIST Accreditation Modules

Module 2. Freshwater/Inland Water Spills

Module 3. Ground Water Spills

Module 4. Tanker Rollover/Product Uplift

Module 5. Marine Oil Spills

Module 6. Marine Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) Spills (Ship Sourced)

Module 7. Onshore Chemical Spills (Land Sourced Hazmat/CBRN)

Module 8. Contaminated Soils



The Environment Agency for England & Wales, (EA), Scottish Environment Protection Agency, (SEPA), Northern Ireland Environment Agency, (NIEA), Natural Resources Wales, (NRW) and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, (MCA) as the UK Agencies and supporting the Scheme, have agreed to these changes to overhaul the content and structure of the UK Spill Contractors Accreditation Scheme at the Annual Steering Group meeting in October 2013.

The Steering Group recognises that the scheme is voluntary and to succeed the scheme must offer value to those seeking Accreditation, and maintain standards to keep the support of the Agencies.

The basis for Accreditation is the modular Assessment Matrix, available On Line (OLA) where the technical standards have been reviewed and upgraded in a modular format to be loaded on line into a database to support the Agencies in the event of need in an emergency.

Any contractor or organisation accredited on this Scheme will be recognised in the UK as complying with Standards supported by the Agencies, and in the case of the Marine Module as satisfying compliance with the OPRC requirements of the MCA.
The Scheme has changed to monitoring via the ANNUAL Re Accreditation Report, and On Line Assessment, with physical inspection of companies at a 3 year interval, and for all New Entrants to the Scheme. Accredited Contractors are therefore required to make a submission either by post or On Line to update their information, and provide a case study of a recent spill or spill exercise, and a listing of spills attended over the previous year,(if not completing an online monthly spill report) BY 31 JANUARY OF EACH YEAR. In the event of failure to complete this Annual Report, Accreditation will be suspended.

Every contractor/organisation in the scheme will, after submission of the Annual Report, including the case study, the list of spills and payment be reviewed by the Assessor, and APPROVED status will be confirmed. If not, a site inspection will be made.
The Scheme Manager has the authority of the Steering Group to publish the status of each Contractor/Organisation in the scheme, and award Approved status if all the requirements, including payment are complied with. If an Accredited Contractor/Organisation does not comply within 28 days, the Scheme Manager will change the status to PENDING, and if the non compliance is not resolved with 3 months, the status will be changed to SUSPENDED.

Over the year, the Assessor will make random site/spill inspections of up to 50% of contractors to verify capabilities.
Payment for Accreditation will be required with submission of the Annual Assessment Report, and Approval status will only be issued on completion of all parts including payment.

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The Annual Fee includes all site/spill inspections, and covers all bases operated by an Accredited Contractor. It is essential that contractors list all bases WITH POST CODES in the On Line Assessment as locations will be listed on a Google map of the UK on the UKSpill website.

The basis for information about the scheme is currently on the website www.spillonline.org which is included within the UKSpill website www.ukspill.org and has links with the Agencies' websites.


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