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Reviewing MSC standards and certification requirements

To ensure that the MSC program remains fit for purpose as the world’s leading certification program of wild capture fisheries the MSC Standards and scheme requirements are reviewed regularly.

How MSC standards are reviewed

The revision of MSC standards follows the MSC Standard Setting Procedure, which complies with the ISEAL Standard Setting Code. It emphasises multi-stakeholder engagement to ensure rigour and transparency.

Comment on the MSC Standards and requirements

You can comment on or make a complaint about the MSC Standards and requirements at any time. Please save, complete and submit your feedback using the MSC Standards comments form.

Chain of Custody program review

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 for greater clarity, accessibility and efficiency.

Read the summary of changes to the MSC Chain of Custody Program >

Fisheries Standard review

We released updated Fisheries Certification Requirements version 2.0 (FCRv2.0) following the review of the MSC Fisheries Standard (FSR) in 2013-2014. The review focused on the assessment process and fishery client performance requirements. Further work was undertaken to reduce the time, cost complexity of fishery assessments (speed and cost review or SCR).

Read the summary of changes to the revised MSC Fisheries Standard >

Contact us

For further information please email standards@msc.org.

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