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MSC Chain of Custody Standard

The revised MSC Chain of Custody Standard (version 4.0) becomes effective on 1 September 2015. From this date, all audits will be undertaken against new versions of the Standard and Certification Requirements. 

The MSC Chain of Custody Standard is a traceability and segregation standard that is applicable to the full supply chain from a certified fishery or farm to final sale. Each company in the supply chain handling or selling an MSC certified product must have a valid MSC Chain of Custody certificate. This assures consumers and seafood-buyers that MSC labelled seafood comes from a certified sustainable fishery.

Following the completion of the Chain of Custody Program Review, the Standard has been updated and consists of one default version, along with Group and Consumer-Facing Organisation (CFO) versions.

What is assessed?

There are five key principles that every company must meet to achieve certification:

MSC chain of custody standard

Find out more on the MSC Chain of Custody Standard > 

How are supply chain businesses audited against the standard?

Businesses must be audited by independent certifiers to ensure that all requirements are met.

Find out more on how to get certified > 

MSC Certification Requirements

Certifiers use the MSC Chain of Custody Certification Requirements to assess businesses against the standard.

Find out about the Certification Requirements > 

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