Designs and Quality Assurance Checklists


Below is the critical document upon which you must base your application

The following excel document provides you with a detailed list of everything you need to submit for both Designs as well as the Quality Assurance. You will find three excel spreadsheets, one for each Design and one for the Quality Assurance. Make sure that you complete the column asking for your comments and the reference to your submitted designs, so that the assessors know where to find your answers.

Designs And Quality Assurance checklists

To see an example of a Design report, click here.

The purpose of the Farm Dairy Effluent System is to:

  • To capture all FDE
  • To spread the FDE at a time that allows uptake by plants
  • To uniformly spread the FDE to the desired depth, and at the desired intensity
  • To control FDE applications to within the boundaries of the application area
  • To ensure that FDE systems can be operated safely
  • To comply with all regulatory requirements, including consent conditions


You will notice that each item in the Design checklist is classified Critical, Major or Minor. To be assessed as satisfactory for accreditation, a submitted design must have no more than 20 penalty points

Critical: A critical non-compliance is one where there is little or no evidence of compliance with the code and/or the design standard and there is a high risk of product/service not meeting specifications or a high risk of human safety or a high risk of environmental contamination. A critical non-compliance attracts 25 penalty points

Major: A major non-compliance is one where there is significant departure from the code and/or the design standard and there is a high risk of product/service not meeting specifications or of environmental contamination or some risk to human safety. A major non-compliance attracts five penalty points.

Minor: A minor non-compliance is a departure from the code and/or the design standard that does not risk the status of the product/service and not likely to risk environmental contamination nor risk human safety.  A minor non-compliance attracts two penalty points. 



Quality Assurance is the checks and balances your organisation has in place to ensure design quality and consistency with the FDE Design Code of Practice and Standards. It involves the systematic monitoring and evaluation of the design process to maximise the likelihood that minimum standards are reached. The two principles are of Quality Assurance are: “Fit for purpose”, the design should be suitable for the intended purpose; and “Right first time”, mistakes should be eliminated. Quality Assurance systems range from formal ISO Accreditation, through to simple notes on client files that record the process followed.


Quality Assurance systems are needed as your accreditation status implies that all your subsequent designs will reach the same standard to which the accreditation was made. They allow, by virtue of the documented processes and data, demonstration of ‘consistent and quality processes’ to a third party auditor. The biennial professional interview to be undertaken as part of the accreditation renewal process will require demonstration of on-going aherence with the FDE Design Code of Practice and Standards.


A recording system is key to a successful QA system. This does not have to be elaborate, but it needs to provide evidence that that your quality and safety procedures are active and effective, i.e. records with dates and signatures.