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This page describes the state of the program improvement in the past.
The improvement left this stage on 20 February 2015; view the current state.

Improvement overview

The MSC has committed to undertake a review of its Chain of Custody (CoC) program in 2014. The aim of this review is to improve the accessibility and consistency of the CoC standard and requirements, and to make CoC work better for companies and certifiers.

Click on the proposals to be resolved during the 2014 CoC program review:

  1. New version of the CoC standard
  2. Under MSC-Assessment Fish (UMAF) review
  3. New standard for consumer facing operators (food service)
  4. New version of the CoC certification requirements

Current status

Read more on the background of the CoC Program Review.

The goal of the review is to ensure the CoC program addresses important sustainable seafood traceability challenges within the industry, and delivers an integrated standard and certification requirements for greater clarity, consistency and integrity.

If you would like more information, please contact Chelsea Reinhardt (Senior Supply Chain Manager) at

Planned work

The final public consultation (August - September 2014) is now closed. Read the summary on stakeholder comments and how they have been addressed by the MSC. Thank you to all of the members that submitted feedback. All comments received will be reviewed to form the final proposal to the MSC Technical Advisory Board meeting in December.


Here is a number of further planned activities for the CoC Program Review:

15 - 17 October
Stakeholder Council meeting

Cape Town, South Africa

11 - 12 December Technical Advisory Board meeting

Paris, France

To register to participate as an observer please send email to

21 - 22 January 2015 Board of Trustee (sign off) meeting
Washington D.C, USA


Find out about the first round consultation topics and development took place between March - April 2014.