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FAO based Responsible Fishery Management Certification
Global Trust Certification has full ISO 65 accreditation for the FAO based Certification of Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Program. Global Trust personel acted as expert facilitators for the program but Global Trust does not own the FAO-based RFM Standard nor the Program. There are versions of the program in different geographic regions.
The model is called “FAO based” as it is directly derived from the reference documents developed by the UN FAO:
• The FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries 1995,
• The FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries 2005/2009 and
• The FAO Fisheries Circular No. 917. J.Caddy, October 1996 (“J.Caddy Checklist”)
“FAO based” aims to give credit back to where it is due – to the UN FAO in recognition for the development of leadership and harmonized tools.
This ISO 65 accreditation encompasses the Conformance Criteria, the assessment process and the certification process that has been in operation since 2010. It is typical that the accreditation evaluation process can take up to two years to complete as it requires a review of at every aspect of the program.
The focus of the FAO based RFM certification is the management of a fishery in a manner that demonstrate best practices to safeguard sustainability. A number of the world’s leading fisheries have chosen this route of certification including Alaskan, Icelandic and US Gulf Of Mexico fisheries. Further fisheries and regions are assessing the benefits of this model with likely progression in 2013.
As is seen from the Accreditation credentials this “FAO based” Model does not involve a new Standard, or a new eco-label.
The fisheries are assessed against Conformance Criteria directly derived from the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the FAO Guideline for Eco labelling Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. These are an internationally recognized reference documents developed by the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The FAO Code is the reference document that other fishery certification models utilise. The FAO documents are available from the FAO website: http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/v9878e/v9878e00.HTM
The FAO-based Conformance Criteria is available at:
Global Trust Certification is an independent Certification Body which has progressed its certification capability to deliver the FAO based RFM Certification.
The assessment and certification of fisheries to FAO based conformance criteria can be carried out by Global Trust Certification and is under ISO 65 Accredited controls and processes. Global Trust is responsible for ensuring the independence, competency and consistency of assessment practices. The management system and operation of each fishery will be evaluated, in detail, by a Global Trust Assessment Team, composed of competent fishery scientists and professionals, appointed by Global Trust Certification. Expert and independent Peer reviewers are appointed to review and comment on the Assessment Report.
As part of the ISO accredited process the resulting Certification Report will be assessed by an Independent Certification Committee who will evaluate the Assessment Teams and Peer Review Teams findings and recommendations. If the Fishery is deemed to have met the FAO based criteria the Fishery will be awarded Full Certification. The Certificate is maintained through annual surveillance assessments followed by a complete re-assessment before end of the fifth year.
Global Trust is an accredited ISO 65 Certification Body with a specialism in Seafood. The company currently delivers accredited certification in over 30 Countries.
“ISO” is the International Organization for Standardization, the world’s foremost recognized organization for the setting and administration of standards for conformity assessment and certification. The appointment of assessors and the management of the assessment and certification process is undertaken according to the requirements of ISO/EC Guide 65: 1996 (ISO 65) General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems. Accreditation is the process by which certification bodies demonstrate consistency to ISO Standards such as ISO 65. ISO Accreditation is awarded to Global Trust after evaluation of the Standards and Process by an International Accreditation Forum (IAF) member body. This facilitates universal recognition by all members of IAF, that operate in over 40 countries.
Icelandic Cod (200 Mile EEZ) became the first fishery to receive certification to a new FAO/ISO based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program.
Icelandic Cod Fishery Report »
Alaska Salmon became the second fishery to receive certification to a new FAO/ISO based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program.
Alaska Salmon Fishery Report »
Alaska Pacific Halibut became the third fishery to receive certification to a new FAO/ISO based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program.
Alaska Sablefish (black-cod) became the fourth fishery to receive certification to a new FAO/ISO based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program
Alaska Sablefish Fishery Report »
Alaska Pollock became the fifth fishery to receive certification to a new FAO/ISO based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program
Alaska Pollock Fishery Report »
Alaska King and Snowcrab became the sixth fishery to receive certification to a new FAO/ISO based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program
Alaska Pacific Cod became the seventh fishery to receive certification to a new FAO/ISO based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program
Alaska Pacific Cod Fishery Report »
Icelandic Haddock became the eighth fishery to receive certification to a new FAO/ISO based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program
Icelandic Haddock Fishery Report »
Icelandic Saithe became the ninth fishery to receive certification to a new FAO/ISO based Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program
Icelandic Saithe Cod Fishery Report »
Please be advised, your request for a copy of any report shall be dealt with within 24 hours.
For an Application Form for a new Fishery Validation Assessment please use the enquiry option below.
For Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Chain of Custody Certification Application Form
Additional supporting Document for multi site Alaska RFM CoC Application
For Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Management Chain of Custody Certification Application Form
Companies Certified for the Icelandic Chain of Custody Certification
For further information on Global Trust’s FAO Based Responsible Fisheries Management please contact us for no-obligation information at: info@GTCERT.com