About the MSC program improvements

The MSC Standards and Certification Requirements are regularly reviewed, with valuable input from our stakeholders, through our policy development process. This website is both a way to get involved in consultations and a record of the review process and improvements to the MSC certification program.

Stakeholders like you are invited to be part of our program improvement process. Please email if you would like to be involved and receive notifications on public consultation opportunities.

The table below provides an overview of planned MSC policy development for the next five years.

Development and review of existing Standards

Fisheries Assessment ProcessChain of Custody Program ReviewFisheries Standard ReviewLabour practices
Jan-Jun 2017 Review and consultation period Review and consultation period - -
Jul-Dec 2017 Review and consultation period Review and consultation period - Review and consultation period
Jan-Jun 2018 Changes are confirmed Review and consultation period Research and review Changes are confirmed
Jul-Dec 2018 New assessment process is released Changes are confirmed

Terms of Reference for review published

Research and review

New scope requirement is released

Jan-Jun 2019 - New Standard is released Consultation on specific review topics -
Jul-Dec 2019 - - Consultation on specific review topics -
Jan-Jun 2020 - - Terms of Reference for revision published

Consultation on specific revision topics
-
Jul-Dec 2020 - - Consultation on revised program documents -
Jan-Jun 2021 - - Consultation on revised program documents -
Jul-Dec 2021 - - New Standard is released -

 

New Standard development

Seaweed

Standard

Mixed Fisheries Standard

Jan-Jun 2017 Developments are confirmed Review and updates of draft Standard
Jul-Dec 2017 New Standard is released Trials of draft Standard in mixed stock demersal fisheries
Jan-Jun 2018 - Trials of draft Standard in mixed stock demersal fisheries
Jul-Dec 2018 - Trials of draft Standard in mixed stock demersal fisheries
Jan-Jun 2019 - Review of trial results and development of draft Standard
Jul-Dec 2019 - Consultation on revisions to draft Standard 
Jan-Jun 2020 - Consultation on revisions to draft Standard
Jul-Dec 2020 - Consultation on revisions to draft Standard
Jan-Jun 2021 - Developments are confirmed
Jul-Dec 2021 - New Standard is released

 


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