Minimum Welfare and Operational Standards

One of ADCH’s Strategic Priorities is to raise standards across the sector.

This can be achieved by requiring and supporting all ADCH members to meet a set of Minimum Standards that are essential to: safeguard animal welfare; safeguard the reputation of the member organisation, ADCH and the sector at large; are proportionate and realistically achievable; and are accompanied by guidance on how to comply with and meet the standard.

This document proposes such a set of Minimum Standards along with some Guidance notes to help member organisations interpret the requirements of the standards.

Download the Minimum Welfare & Operational Standards

Download the Minimum Standards Q+A


Download Standard Operating Procedures below

SOP 1. New Member Application September 2020

SOP 2. Self-assessment of existing member Sept 19

SOP 3. External-assessment of existing member Sept 19

SOP 4. Multi-site members Sept 19

SOP 5. Guidance for Assessors Sept 19

SOP 6. Recruitment of Assessors Apr 2020