2014 implementation timeframes

Background

In July 2013 the MSC Board of Trustees (BoT) decided to adopt new implementation timeframes for MSC certification requirements (CR). Standard implementation timeframes were first adopted in 2011 to differentiate between different types of requirements and define when compliance against these should be assessed.

The procedure makes a formal distinction between standard and non-standard related changes to scheme requirements. The procedure defines:

  • A fixed time interval of 2 months between when documents are issued to certifiers by the MSC and the date on which they become effective (the effective date)
  • A standardized implementation timeframe for non-standard related changes to requirements for both fisheries and chain of custody:
  • All new assessments or audits commencing after the effective date must be conducted in compliance with new requirements.
  • All other assessments or audits must be conducted in compliance with new requirements within one year of the effective date.
  • A standardized implementation timeframe for changes to performance requirements for chain of custody:
  • New chain of custody applicants, which have not commenced audit before the effective date, must comply with new performance requirements.
  • Existing chain of custody holders must comply with new performance requirements at the first audit taking plance after one year from the effective date.

Certification Requirements version 1.4

The CoC proposals released with CR version 1.4 are mostly not standard related performance changes. They must therefore be implemented at the first audit occurring after the effective date. Where implementation is different from these standard timeframes the details are specified in footnotes within the CR. CR v 1.4 Parts A and B will be released on 31 January 2014 becoming effective on 31 March 2014.

All fishery process related changes to requirements will be released together on 1 August 2014, becoming effective on 1 October 2014 and will have to be implemented by fisheries at audits by October 2015.

 

TopicSections / clause affectedImplementation timeframe for new assessments / auditsImplementation timeframe for all other assessment / audits
CoC checklist
  • 17.4.5.3 – new
  • 17.5.4 – new
  • BA1.1 – changed
  • BA1.2 – changed
  • BA1.3 – deleted
  • BA1.4 – new
  • Table BA1 – delete

31 March 2014 for new applicants

At audits from 31 March 2014 for existing CoC certificate holders and fisheries
CoC suspension process
  • Self-declaration of mislabeling or non-conforming products

Clause 7.4 of MSC CR v 1.4

  • Procedure for handling non-conforming products

Section BD9 of the Annex BD of MSC CR v 1.4

  • New Guidance for definition of systematic breach of the Chain of Custody

CR Guidance Section G7.4 Suspension or withdrawal of certification

31 March 2014 for new applicants

At audits from 31 March 2014 for existing CoC certificate holders and fisheries
MSC generated CoC codes
CR 7.5

From 31 March all new CoC applicants will be assigned by their conformity assessment body (CAB) a CoC code automatically generated from the MSC database, starting at MSC-C-54001

Existing CoC holders will be informed of their new codes in January 2013 and have until 1 April 2017 to phase in their new code on and off product. These codes will start at MSC-C-54001 and be assigned to CoC holders in chronological order from when they first joined the MSC CoC programme.

Multi-site CoC certification
  • Annex AA – new definition of multi-site
  • 17.2.4.2 – new (and relative sub-clauses)

31 March 2014 for new applicants

At audits from 31 March 2014 for existing CoC certificate holders and fisheries
Certifier Communication of Changes CR 7.3.2

31 March 2014 for all CABs

At audits from 31 March 2014 for existing CoC certificate holders and fisheries
MSC CoC subcontractors requirements Section BD4 of Annex BD

31 March 2014 for new applicants

At audits from 31 March 2014 for existing CoC certificate holders and fisheries
Scope of CoC (Phase 2) Annex BD and section 17

31 March 2014 for new applicants

At audits from 31 March 2014 for existing CoC certificate holders and fisheries