Get involved

How to participate in MSC Standard development

The MSC relies on receiving good stakeholder feedback to help inform our program developments.

We usually have two rounds of public consultation per year within February to April and again within August to October. Public consultation runs for 60 or 30 days depending on the stage of projects being consulted on.

We welcome interested stakeholders to feed into our process during these times.

Sign up to the MSC policy development email list to get involved.When a consultation is open, we will send you an email if your area of interest is in consultation. 

If there is some way you think our Standards or our certification system can develop, please send us an email with as much detail as possible to standards@msc.org.

How we receive feedback

Stakeholder feedback may come in a variety of forms, including, but not limited to:

  • completing an online survey during a consultation period
  • providing written feedback via email
  • providing feedback during a workshop
  • providing feedback during a webinar
  • providing feedback during a telephone conservation.

How to participate in a public consultation

You can give your feedback on the project proposals in the consultation through an online survey. The survey is linked to from the program development page on this website, along with all the resources you need to understand the project development.

You can always talk to the project lead if you need information and insights into the program development.

Tips for providing good feedback

  • Read and understand the consultation document and any accompanying documents for the development you are commenting on.
  • Feel free to reach out to the MSC staff with questions.
  • Be concise, but support your claims.
  • Base your justification on sound reasoning, scientific evidence, and/or how you will be impacted.
  • The comment process is not a vote.
  • Use the online survey forms to send through your feedback.
  • If possible, address trade-offs and opposing views in your comment.
  • There is no minimum or maximum length for an effective comment.

What happens after you have provided feedback

MSC staff consider every response we receive as we develop proposals. Your responses are read by the Technical Advisory Board and inform their recommendations.

All responses we receive on a program development are published anonymously on this website.

We also provide a summary response on key issues raised. At the end of the project we will provide evaluation of process including summary of how main feedback themes were incorporated into revisions.