Reviewing MSC standards and certification requirements
The revision of MSC standards follows the , which complies with the ISEAL Standard Setting Code. It emphasises multi-stakeholder engagement to ensure rigour and transparency.
2017 policy development and public consultations
Throughout 2017, the MSC is inviting public feedback on several fisheries and chain of custody program improvements, as well as on the development of a joint global Seaweed Standard, a collaboration with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).
The first round of 2017 public consultation is open from 1 March to 30 April 2017. Please share your expertise on the following topics:
- Fisheries traceability
- Labour Requirements
- Simplification for fishery assessments
- MSC-ASC Seaweed Standard
- MSC-ASC Seaweed Certification and Accreditation Requirements
- In Transition to MSC (ITM)
You can comment on, or make a complaint about, the MSC Standards and requirements at any time. Please complete and submit your feedback using the MSC Standards comments form.
In 2014, we carried out a thorough, stakeholder-led review of our Chain of Custody Standard and Certification Requirements. The review invited global supply chain stakeholders to provide feedback on the Chain of Custody Program to create a clearer, more accessible and efficient program.
MSC released an updated Fisheries Certification Requirements version 2.0 (FCRv2.0) following the review of the MSC Fisheries Standard in 2013-2014. The review was focused on the fishery client performance requirements. A speed and cost review was also undertaken to reduce the time, cost and complexity of fishery assessments.
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