How the Assurance schemes work:

There are two sections to the scheme. The Stalking and Carcase Handling Assurance Scheme covers all the stages between wild deer being shot through to the storage of skin on carcases that have been gralloched and are awaiting collection by the game dealer or processor.

Where larders are being used for the skinning of game and cutting of carcases into meat, these should join the SQWV Primary Processor scheme. Game Dealers or Game Processing Plants are also assured under the Primary Processing Scheme.

Although the Scheme is owned by Scottish Quality Wild Venison Ltd, the assessment of the businesses applying for Assured status has been contracted out to Acoura, qualified independent inspectors.

Members of the Stalking and Carcase Handling Scheme are inspected at intervals between 12 and 18 months. Members of the Primary Processing scheme are seen between 6 and 18 months.

The SQWV standards

These include stalking, carcase handling and processing of venison. They demonstrate good industry practice and should be readily achievable by the vast majority of the industry. They are assessed by independent assessors working with Acoura.

Producer members are assessed every 12-18 months depending on the nature of problems identified at their previous assessment.

The SQWV standards, Processor and Stalking and Carcase Handling embrace:

  • Deer management and control
  • Stalking proficiency
  • Larder management
  • Carcase inspection
  • Processing- transport, dressing, cutting, packaging and labelling
  • Product specification
  • Hygiene standards
  • Traceability

Copies of the Standards are available our online Knowledge Centre.