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Home Program improvements database The MSC Assurance Review Consultation: Conditions Opportunity to review final Fisheries Certification Process text August 2019
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Opportunity to review final Fisheries Certification Process text August 2019

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

Current status

The MSC has clarified and strengthened requirements to ensure that Conformity Assessment Bodies (an independent organisation that determines whether a fishery complies with the MSC Fisheries Standard, also known as CABs) set, evaluate and close conditions in a consistent manner and that information on conditions is transparent.

Key clarifications include: 

  • Conditions clearly state the issues to be addressed
  • Deadlines are clearly stated
  • If progress is inadequate, fishery certificate is suspended until progress is back on track
  • If condition deadline is not met, fishery certificate is suspended until condition is closed
  • If condition deadline is not met, fishery cannot be recertified
  • Defined scenarios where conditions can be carried over into next certificate
  • Guidance on scenarios where conditions can be reopened
  • Improved reporting of conditions at reassessment

Purpose of this consultation

This consultation has now closed for feedback.

This consultation 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 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).

Please visit the Fisheries Certification Process consultation page for further information >