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.

Research and review

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 Research and review 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 Research and review

New scope requirement is released

Jan-Jun 2019 New Standard is released Consult on revisions
Jul-Dec 2019 Consult on revisions
2020 New Standard is released

 

New Standard development

Seaweed

Standard

Mixed Fisheries Standard

Jan-Jun 2017 Developments are confirmed Development and consultation period
Jul-Dec 2017 New Standard is released Developments are confirmed
Jan-Jun 2018 Development and consultation period
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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