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Full Assessment Template and Guidance for Users


The MSC has developed a template for Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) to use when submitting fishery assessment reports. The purpose of this template is to standardise the reports. Completing the reporting template should ensure the MSC scheme requirements and their intentions are met. It will be used by CABs for submitting the following reports:

  • Client Reports, 
  • Peer Review Reports
  • Public Comment Draft Reports
  • Final Reports 
  • Public Certification Reports


The objective of the consultation was to gather feedback from different stakeholders regarding this issue.

Results of the consultation

Comments were received by a range of stakeholders. There was general support of the template. Many useful specific comments relating to formatting and structure of the template were received. This enabled the MSC to improve the template and ensure it will be easier to use in the production of reports and easier for readers to understand. Concerns were limited to the concept of introducing a reporting template. MSC provides specific responses via email to consultees on comments received.

The MSC's Technical Advisory Board (TAB) approved the final version of the template, now available for download here. CABs will be required to use this template to submit their reports as specified in the Annex CF of MSC Certification Requirements. The new templates will become effective on November 14th.

Next steps

Certifiers may now use the template. Use of the template will be required from November 14th, 2011.

Further information

Please direct any enquiries to:

Suzi Hawkins
MSC Fishery Assessment Manager

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