Process and timeline

Below is a summary of the planned activities for the Chain of Custody (CoC) Program Review. Stages 1-10 have been completed through discussion and consultation internally.

The scope of the review was agreed by the Board of Trustees (BoT) following consultation on the details of the CoC Program Review with the Stakeholder Council (StC) and assisted by the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). External engagement activities with a diverse range of our stakeholders are a vital part of the review and program development process. Engagement activities included workshops, webinars and online public consultations.

StageDateMSC ActivityStakeholder Participation
1 Decision
BoT
(Completed)
23 January 2014
Board agrees review scope and process
Areas for consideration had been built from certificate holder feedback through internal procedures such as Supply Chain Working Group (SCWG) throughout 2013
2 Development
MSC Executive
(Completed)
January - March 2014
MSC develop proposals for early stage consultation
N/A
3

Strategic input

Technical Advisory Board (TAB)
(Completed)

11 March 2014 MSC gains strategic input from the TAB CoC working group N/A
4

Early stage consultation
(Completed)

1 March - 15 April 2014 MSC presents papers covering CPR objectives with early stage proposals

Open for public comment:

improvements.msc.org

5 Expert stakeholder workshop
(Boston)
(Completed)
17 March 2014 MSC holds an in-person workshop to gain industry views and discuss proposals Americas Outreach were invited to recommend participants in early 2014
6 Expert stakeholder workshop
(London)
(Completed)
9 April 2014 MSC holds an in-person workshop to gain industry views and discuss proposals Global outreach were invited to recommend participants in early 2014
7 Revise and test proposals
(MSC Executive)
(Completed)
April - July 2014 MSC tests and conducts impact assessments for revised proposals based on consultation to date Internal and external working groups consulted where necessary
8 Certifier workshop
(Completed)
June 2014 MSC holds an in-person workshop to gain certifier views and discussĀ  proposals Conformity Assessment Bodies, CABs
9 Late stage consultation
(Completed)
August - September 2014 MSC presents papers covering CPR objectives with late stageĀ  proposals and amended requirement text

Open for public comment:

improvements.msc.org
10 Expert steering group webinar
(Completed)
3 September 2014
Stakeholder focused group webinar to discuss on proposals and solutions Invite only event
11 Final proposals
(MSC Executive)
September - October CoC team streamlines and adjusts proposals based on consultation to date
Internal and external working groups consulted where necessary
12 Recommendation
(TAB)
11 - 12 December 2014
CoC team presents final proposals to TAB for their recommendation to the Board To register to become an observer, please email standards@msc.org
13 Decision
(BoT)
21 - 22 January 2015 Final approval and sign-off on new scheme documents N/A
14 Publish new scheme documents
20 February 2015 MSC makes new scheme documents available
Available on the MSC website
(Six-month transition period for certifiers and certificate holders during which training will be held globally)
15 New scheme documents become effective 1 September 2015
Available on the MSC website, also include transitional support and guidance.