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: A comprehensive listing of current MSC certification program documents for reference by Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) and Accreditation Services International.

Language: English
Version: 24.00
Date of Issue: 22 March 2018
Date effective: 22 March 2018

Fisheries certification documents

The MSC Fisheries Standard v2.0
Description: The principles to be used by independent accredited assessment bodies (CABs) when certifying fisheries against the world's leading standard for sustainable wild-capture fisheries.

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) set out how the standard should be interpreted during assessments, and ensure consistency of its application.

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 Superseded.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Date superseded: 31 March 2015
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 v2.2
Description: MSC General Certification Requirements for Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) evaluating 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

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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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