Fisheries program documents

The MSC certification requirements for both fisheries and chain of custody are defined in a series of documents. These documents outline specific requirements, guidelines and methods to enable consistency and compliance in assessments.

MSC Program Documents Master List
Description: Controlled document list of MSC certification program documents for reference by Conformity Assessment Bodies and Accreditation Services International.

Language: English
Version: 25.00
Date of Issue: 31 August 2018
Date effective: 31 August 2018

Fisheries certification documents

MSC Fisheries Standard and Guidance v2.01
Description: The MSC Fisheries Standard sets out the requirements a fishery must meet to enable it to claim its fish come from a well-managed and sustainable source. The Guidance is provided to help CABs interpret the Standard. For use with Fisheries Certification Process v2.1.

Language: English
Version: 2.01
Date of Issue: 31 August 2018
Date effective: 28 February 2019
MSC Fisheries Certification Process and Guidance v2.1
Description: The Fisheries Certification Process (FCP) sets out the requirements that Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) must follow to assess fisheries against the MSC Fisheries Standard. The Guidance is provided to help CABs interpret the FCP.

Language: English
Version: 2.10
Date of Issue: 31 August 2018
Date effective: 28 February 2019
MSC Fisheries Certification Process 2.1 and General Certification Requirements v2.3 - Summary of changes
Description: A summary on changes following the August 2018 release of the Fisheries Certification Process v2.1 and the General Certification Requirements v2.3

Language: English
Version: 2.10
Date of Issue: 31 August 2018
Date effective: 28 February 2019
MSC Change Tracking Report for Fisheries Certification Process v2.1
Description: A detailed overview of the changes from Fisheries Certification Requirements v2.0 to Fisheries Certification Process v2.1

Language: English
Version: 2.10
Date of Issue: 31 August 2018
Date effective: 28 February 2019
The MSC Fisheries Standard v2.0
Description: The MSC Fisheries Standard sets out the requirements that a fishery must meet to enable it to claim that its fish come from a well-managed and sustainable source.

Language: English
Version: 2.00
Date of Issue: 01 October 2014
Date effective: 01 April 2015
MSC Fisheries Certification Requirements and Guidance v2.0
Description: The Fisheries Certification Requirements (FCR) sets out the requirements that Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) must follow to assess fisheries against the MSC Fisheries Standard. The Guidance is provided to help CABs interpret the FCR.

Language: English
Version: 2.00
Date of Issue: 01 October 2014
Date effective: 01 April 2015
MSC Fisheries Certification Requirements v2.0 Summary of Changes
Description: Reference document providing a summary on changes following the April 2015 release of the Fisheries Standard and Certification Requirements version 2.0.

Language: English
Date of Issue: 01 October 2014
Date effective: 01 April 2015
MSC Certification Requirements v1.3
Description: Requirements setting out how the standard should be interpreted during assessments. (Parts A and B of this version detail MSC Chain of Custody requirements). Superseded.

Language: English
Version: 1.30
Date of Issue: 14 January 2013
Date effective: 14 March 2013
Date superseded: 31 March 2015
Guidance to MSC Certification Requirements v1.3
Language: English
Version: 1.30
Date of Issue: 14 January 2013
Date superseded: 31 January 2014
MSC Change Tracking Report for Fisheries Certification Requirements v2.0
Description: A detailed overview of the changes between MSC Certification Requirements (CR) version 1.3 and version 2.0

Language: English
Date of Issue: 01 October 2014
Date effective: 01 April 2015

General Certification Requirements

MSC General Certification Requirements v2.3
Description: The General Certification Requirements sets out requirements for Conformity Assessment Bodies assessing or auditing Fisheries and Chain of Custody businesses.

Language: English
Version: 2.30
Date of Issue: 31 August 2018
Date effective: 28 February 2019
MSC General Certification Requirements v2.2
Description: The General Certification Requirements set out requirements for Conformity Assessment Bodies assessing or auditing Fisheries and Chain of Custody businesses.

Language: English
Version: 2.20
Date of Issue: 01 March 2018
Date effective: 01 September 2018
MSC General Certification Requirements - Summary of changes between v2.1 and v2.2
Description: A summary of the changes between MSC General Certification Requirements versions 2.1 and 2.2

Language: English
Date of Issue: 01 March 2018
MSC General Certification Requirements v2.1
Description: MSC General Certification Requirements for Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) evaluating Fisheries and Chain of Custody businesses.

Language: English
Version: 2.10
Date of Issue: 20 February 2015
Date effective: 01 September 2015
Date superseded: 01 September 2018

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Supporting documents

Forms, templates and other supporting materials for certifiers and clients.

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Translated program documents

Translated resources for Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) accredited to carry out MSC Fisheries and Chain of Custody Standard assessments.

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Chain of Custody program documents

The MSC Chain of Custody Standard and the General Certification Requirements. For certifiers and clients.

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