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The improvement left this stage on 31 October 2013; view the current state.

Improvement overview

MSC Chain of Custody (CoC) program specified a structure for the CoC codes. The number of certificate holders continues to grow and more companies are switching Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs). Each time a company moves to a new CAB, the new CoC code becomes invalid and has to be removed from the supply chain. However, this is not always the case and invalid codes can still legitimately be in the chain such as frozen or canned products, which can cause confusion for both companies in the supply chain and consumers.

In order to avoid the administrative and logistical problems suggested by CAB-generated CoC codes, the MSC is proposing to move to MSC-generated CoC codes.

Current status

MSC will run public consultation on this program improvement from 11 September - 26 October 2013 to obtain stakeholder feedback. The proposal is to shift from certifier-generated CoC codes to MSC-generated CoC codes. If implemented, the proposal should eliminate confusion in the supply chain regarding the validity of certification and encourage companies to change certifiers more freely as desired.

Planned work

Following late stage consultation, a workshop session with CABs will be held in London on 16-17 September to further discuss this topic. The outcome of the consultation feedback together with a final recommendation on policy changes will be presented to the MSC Technical Advisory Board in December 2013.

Please also visit theĀ get involved page to find out all opportunities to participate in the development process for this program improvement.