Traceability in the supply chain
The MSC ecolabel is only applied to fish and seafood products that come from an MSC-certified fishery. This is why every link in the supply chain, ‘from boat to plate’, undergoes a Chain of Custody audit for traceability. In February 2007 we launched our Traceability and Assurance in the Supply Chain (TASC) project to make our program even more robust.
The TASC project has been developed with the advice of key stakeholders and is supported by a working group of members of the MSC’s Technical Advisory Board, and other experts in the field.
The project focuses on:
The MSC Chain of Custody needs to be scalable and practical for businesses of all types and sizes. Small, independent businesses – such as fishmongers and restaurants – need to be able to participate in the MSC program.
Checking system requirements and procedures
The Chain of Custody standard and certification requirements are closely monitored, reviewed and enforced to ensure they uphold the values of quality and consistency in assessments. Where needed, guidance is issued or updated to respond to emerging challenges in supply chain verification.
Verifying robust systems
This includes tracebacks down the supply chain from the point of sale to the fishery. It also includes DNA testing, random checks by certifiers and a system for double-checking claims. MSC requirements should encourage best practice, and be fair and clear for users.
Chain of Custody assessments are undertaken by independent, third-party certifiers. Their knowledge of the supply chain is invaluable and informs the TASC project. Additionally, certifiers need the MSC to provide up to date training and information to communicate and implement changes to the Chain of Custody standard and methodology.
Labelling and product naming
Ensure that MSC ecolabel licensing and Chain of Custody certification programs are mutually supportive and promote clear and accurate information for seafood buyers and consumers.
Internal MSC systems
The MSC’s internal systems should be structured and accessible so that they are effective tools to manage and communicate the status of certificates to relevant audiences.
How to participate?
The TASC project is supported by an expert working group. If you would like to be considered as a member of the group or wish to register your interest as a stakeholder, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org