Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: When should I expect to receive my renewal letter for the QMS Cattle & Sheep Assurance Scheme?

A: Renewal letters are being sent out the week commencing 15 April. This is a pre-planned mailing date as part of a wider process, and you should receive your renewal letter in the coming days.

Q2: What is the deadline for renewing my participation in the scheme?

A: As in previous years, the deadline for renewing scheme membership is at the end of May. You have until then to pay your renewal- so plenty of time (and hopefully better weather!) by then.

Q3: What should I do if I encounter any issues or have questions about my renewal?

A: If you have any issues or questions about your renewal, please don't hesitate to contact our certification body Food Integrity Assurance (FIA) who will be able to assist you. are contactable on 0131 609 0558. If you have any queries about the QMS Cattle and Sheep Scheme, or any of the standards, please contact the QMS Brands Integrity Team directly on

With first hand insight from farmers in our own team here at QMS, we are very aware of how challenging Spring 2024 has been for farmers and crofters across the whole of Scotland.  The QMS team is always at the end of the phone to discuss any queries that you have about your quality assurance membership. 

Remember too, that RSABI offers free practical, financial, and emotional support (including counseling services) delivered quickly after receiving the initial enquiry. Their free confidential support service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You can reach them by calling 0808 1234 555 (calls won’t show up on phone bills) or through a confidential webchat service available on RSABI’s website.

Q4: Can I find more information about quality assurance?

A: Yes, you can visit our website to learn more about quality assurance here:

Q5: How can I contact your team for assistance with my renewal?

A: Renewals are handled by our certification body, Food Integrity Assurance (FIA). You can reach out to FIA by phone at 0131 609 0558 or by email who are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

Q7: How is the subscription fee calculated for the QMS Cattle & Sheep Assurance Scheme?

A: Your subscription fee is based on the stock numbers marketed during the 12 months prior to your last farm assessment, as captured by the Assessor at that time. These numbers are then converted into QMS livestock units (QMS LU) to determine your subscription band.

Q8: What is Quality Meat Scotland's strategy for the next five years?

A: Quality Meat Scotland's vision for the next five years is to position Scotland as THE premium choice for red meat. QMS aim to lead the development of Scotland's red meat sector by driving demand from consumers who recognise QMS brands as a mark of integrity and quality. Read the strategy here -

Q9: Why is the QMS Cattle & Sheep Assurance Scheme important?

A: The QMS Cattle & Sheep Assurance Scheme plays a critical role in supporting Quality Meat Scotland's strategy. Quality assurance has become increasingly important due to consumers' growing interest in food production methods. The scheme, with its whole chain assurance, underpins the integrity of Scotch UKGI brands. It provides consumers with reassurance regarding the provenance, highest standards of production, animal welfare, and overall quality of the red meat, ensuring a positive eating experience.

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