Opportunity to review final Fisheries Certification Process text August 2019

Start date: 23 August 2019
End date: 22 September 2019

Purpose of this consultation

This consultation has now closed for feedback.

This is the final opportunity to review the wording to be included in the updated Fisheries Certification Process (FCP) and accompanying documents due for release in March 2020.

The Fisheries Certification Process outlines the process Conformity Assessment Bodies (an independent organisation that determines whether a fishery complies with the MSC Fisheries Standard, also known as CABs) must follow when assessing a  fishery against the MSC's Fisheries Standard.

We are asking for specific feedback on:

  • the clarity of the changed requirements,
  • the applicability in practice of the changed requirements, 
  • the auditability of the changed requirements, and 
  • if our proposed changes will deliver our intended outcomes. 

These requirements have been developed following previous consultations and workshops with stakeholders and therefore this consultation will not seek input or feedback on policy direction or decisions that have already been subject to consultation and agreed by the MSC Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and Board of Trustees (BoT).

Instructions for providing feedback

    • Revisions to the documents are shown as track changes.
    • Please add any comments (not track changes) to the documents, focussing only on those sections where there are changes to the text.
    • Once you have completed your comments, please complete the online survey (linked below) and upload your edited files before submitting.
    • The online survey is also available in PDF and Word format (linked below) to enable you to view and share before responding:
    • In your review of the documents please consider the following:
      • The clarity of the language used in the draft Fisheries Certification Process and templates i.e. is it clear and easily understood?
      • Can the draft Fisheries Certification Process and templates be applied in practice?
      • Can the draft Fisheries Certification Process and templates be audited i.e. whether conformity can be evaluated by an auditor?
      • Does the draft Fisheries Certification Process meet the intent of the MSC, as stated on the MSC Program Improvements website?

    For further information you can read the summary page here >

    Consultation documents

    The following supporting documents are available for this consultation.