Development timeline

A summary of activities associated with the development of the Mass Balance CoC Standard can be found below.

The process to develop the standard will involve close collaboration between MSC and ASC, as well as contributions from external stakeholders.

Please note that the following dates may change. Contact standards@msc.org for more information.

StageDateActivity

Recommendation

MSC Technical Advisory Board Working Group (TAB WG) and Board of Trustees (BoT)

Jun 2016

TAB WG and BoT meetings approve TOR draft and feasibility study 

Development

Creation of Mass Balance CoC Steering Committee

Jun 2016

Engage consultants and form the Steering Committee to support standard development

Targeted online consultation

Limited consultation on Terms of Reference (ToR)

8–22 Jul 2016

Targeted 14 day consultation on the Mass Balance CoC Standard ToR

Development

Draft Mass Balance CoC Standard

Jul 2016

Develop proposal and internal MSC review

Development

Stakeholders

Sep 2016

Stakeholder workshops

Recommendation

MSC Stakeholder Council

Nov 2016

MSC Stakeholder Council review ToR

Development

Stakeholders

Sep–Now 2016

Mass Balance CoC Standard feasibility study

Recommendation

MSC TAB and BoT

Nov-Jan 2016

Approval of draft content and confirmation for next steps

Public consultation

First public consultation

Mar-Apr 2017

60 day public consultation on: First draft of Mass Balance Standard. Online - now closed

Development

Stakeholder webcasts

9 Mar 2017

Stakeholder webcast on consultation topics 

Development

CoC Consultation workshop

30 Mar 2017

Certifiers workshop on consultation topics

Development

Stakeholder Q&A sessions

6 Apr 2017

Stakeholder Q&A session on consultation topics 

Development

MSC staff

TBC

Review and publish feedback received from public consultation

Recommendation

MSC Stakeholder Council meeting

Jun 2017

MSC governance body review

Recommendation

MSC TAB Working Group meetings

Jul 2017

MSC TAB review and recommendations for changes

Development and pilot testing

MSC staff

Jul–Aug 2017

Broader pilot study of standard

Public consultation

Second public consultation

Sep 2017

Public consultation on revised Mass Balance Standard

Development

MSC staff

TBC

Review and publish feedback received from public consultation

Decision

MSC TAB

Dec 2017 MSC TAB approval

Merida, Mexico, email for more information

Decision

MSC BoT

Jan 2018

Final MSC Board decision on the adoption of the Mass Balance CoC Standard

Release of the standard

Early 2018