What is a Preacceptance Audit?

The Environment Agency requires that producers of waste must provide an audit of their waste before it can be legally collected by a licensed waste carrier.  This is known as a Preacceptance Audit.

This audit will include information such as the quantity of waste, European Waste Catalogue code (EWC), how it is packed and the substances within the waste.

Providing this information as part of the Preacceptance audit will enable your contractor to decide whether they can safely dispose of the waste and will help you to meet your Duty of Care obligations.

Who should prepare a Preacceptance Audit?:

  • Hospitals
  • GP sugeries and health centres
  • Veterinary practices
  • Dental practices
  • Community pharmacies
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Care Homes that provide medical or nursing care
  • Research laboratories that produce clinical waste
  • Pharmaceutical manufacture and supply
  • Any other medical practices

Who needs to prepare the audit?

You can either:

  • Collect the information yourself and compile the audit.
    (You need to ensure that you understand what is required before doing so and to be able to provide sufficient information to your waste contractor to enable a decision to be made as to whether the waste can be accepted at a waste disposal site in accordance its environmental permit.)
  • Employ a third party to collect the data on your behalf and produce an audit.
  • Ask your waste contractor, as they may offer this as a service for a small charge, or assist you with guidance.

Do you have to do it?

Yes, if your waste is sent to an alternative treatment plant or clinical waste incinerator for disposal (even if via a Waste Transfer Station) you must provide your waste contractor with pre-acceptance information.

Also as a Waste Producer you have a legal ‘Duty of Care’ to take all reasonable precautions to keep waste safe.

What happens if you don’t do it?

If you do not provide the information and therefore breach the Duty of Care, the Environment Agency can take enforcement action. In addition, the operator of the clinical waste alternative treatment plant, clinical waste incinerator or IPPC transfer stations may no longer be able to accept your waste onto their site and your waste contractor may be unable to collect your waste as a result.

How do I do it?

For more information on Preacceptance Audits get in touch with us using the contact form on this page or visit the Environment Agency Website