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.

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

Development and review of existing Standards

Fisheries Assessment ProcessCoC 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 Identifying what needs to change Review and consultation period
Jan-Jun 2018 Changes are confirmed Changes are confirmed Review and consultation period Changes are confirmed
Jul-Dec 2018 New standard is released New standard is released Review and consultation period

New scope requirement is released

Jan-Jun 2019 Changes are confirmed
Jul-Dec 2019 Changes are confirmed
2020 New standard is released

 

New Standard development

Seaweed

Standard

Mixed Fisheries Standard

In Transition to MSC Mass Balance
Jan-Jun 2017 Developments are confirmed Development and consultation period Development and consultation period Development and consultation period
Jul-Dec 2017 New standard is released Developments are confirmed Developments are confirmed Developments are confirmed
Jan-Jun 2018 Development and consultation period New standard is released New standard is released
Jul-Dec 2018 Development and consultation period
Jan-Jun 2019 Development and consultation period
Jul-Dec 2019 Developments are confirmed
2020 New standard is released

 


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