Reviewing MSC certification requirements
The MSC certification requirements and supporting material are updated and reviewed regularly. This ensures that MSC certification remains relevant, globally accessible and applicable, while maintaining the rigour and transparency of the program and ensuring that the bar against which fisheries are assessed remains consistent. As defined by best practice, stakeholder consultation is integral to the review process.
In 2013, the MSC committed to undertake a review of our sustainable fisheries standard.
The review consolidates the MSC’s existing policy development on issues pertaining to the fishery assessment and other fishery performance requirements.
A series of global public consultations to review the fisheries standard has been completed. Thank you to all stakeholders who have invested their time and expertise in ensuring the MSC program continues to meet best practice, stays up to date with scientific advances and meets partners needs.
How MSC certification requirements are reviewed
The MSC certification requirements are reviewed periodically to ensure they remain comprehensive and consistent with best practice.
In the interim, new scheme requirements are developed following the MSC policy development process. These supporting materials are generated in response to feedback from the Stakeholder Council, clients, certifiers and the Accreditation Body. New scheme requirements clarify the requirements and provide directions for their application in new situations.
Stakeholder consultation is central to the review process with stakeholder feedback often initiating development or changes to the requirements, followed by extensive stakeholder consultation on the resulting new scheme requirements.
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