The MBC (Malting Barley Committee) is the cross-industry body which manages the joint industry malting barley variety quality assessment system. The system has a long history (over 45 years) of working with UK cereal recommended list committees to identify and approve varieties that are of interest to the malting, brewing and distilling industries of England and Scotland. Originally managed by the IoB (Institute of Brewing) Barley Committee, the task migrated to the Malting Barley Committee (MBC) and the brand IoB Approved was changed to IBD Approved, to acknowledge the importance of distilling, and reflect the IoB’s revised name. In 2018 the brand was changed to MBC Approved.

Throughout this period, the system has been characterised by:

      • Participation covering the whole grain chain from breeder to brewer and distiller
      • Participation based on members appointed by industry bodies; MAGB, SWA, BBPA and BSPB
      • Willingness by competing businesses to work together in a transparent manner
      • The production of decisions (Approvals) rapidly put into the public domain.

The Malting Barley Committee (MBC) and its subordinate Micromalting Group (MMG) operate this MBC system

Composition of Committees
The Malting Barley Committee comprises a Chairman (stakeholder), nominated stakeholders representing BBPA, MAGB and the SWA; it includes non-voting members drawn from BSPB, AHDB and AIC together with persons co-opted to assist the working of the committee.

The Micromalting Group comprises a Chairman and Deputy Chairman appointed by the MBC and individually responsible for leading on Brewing and Distilling, representatives from the contributing micro-malting laboratories, the AHDB data-handler and persons co-opted to assist the working of the committee including SWRI to assist with Glycosidic Nitrile (GN) identification and carry out further testing especially for grain distilling and SRUC to coordinate the production of grain distilling samples. Membership details are revised annually.

Operating system
The Malting Barley Committee (MBC) has a tiered committee system in managing the MBC Approval system.