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Between the ocean and your plate, fish and seafood products may pass through many stages. Supply chains can be very complicated. The MSC Chain of Custody Standard ensures that products from MSC certified sustainable fisheries are traceable and separated from non-certified products.

For products to carry the blue MSC label, every company in the supply chain must have a valid Chain of Custody certificate. To be certified, businesses are audited by independent certification bodies.

What is assessed?

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

Different businesses, different needs

The Chain of Custody Standard was updated in 2015 and now consists of one default version, along with Group and Consumer-Facing Organisation (CFO) versions. The Standard is reviewed every three years.