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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.

MSC Online Transaction Solution

In 2015, the MSC is consulting on the MSC Online Transaction Solution (MOTS) project, looking to identify key benefits and risks. Following analysis of the results from this consultation and current pilots, the decision on whether to implement a mandatory roll-out of MOTS will be made.

Chain of custody program review

In 2014, the MSC carries out a thorough, stakeholder-led review of its 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, efficiency, and rigour.

Fisheries standard review

The MSC released an updated Fisheries Certification Requirements version 2.0 (FCRv2.0) following the review of the MSC Fisheries Standard (FSR), took place in 2013 and 2014. The review focused on the assessment process and fishery client performance requirements. In addition, a speed and cost review (SCR) was undertaken to reform the certification process in order to reduce the time, cost and complexity of the assessment.

How MSC standards are reviewed

The revision of MSC standards follow the MSC Standard Setting Procedure, which  comply with ISEAL Standard Setting Code and has strong emphasis on 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.

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