This guide aims to give you an overview of what to expect from the Chain of Custody certification process.
Which businesses need certification?
Any seafood sold with the blue MSC label has been independently verified for its sustainability.
For this to work, every company along the supply chain needs to be certified to the MSC Chain of Custody Standard. The Standard ensures an unbroken chain where certified seafood is identifiable, segregated and can be traced back to another certified business.
If your company takes ownership of MSC certified seafood products and wants to sell them as
certified, you need Chain of Custody certification.
If your company wants to sell certified seafood to consumers you will also need to apply to use the MSC label.
Who doesn’t need certification?
There are exceptions. You do not require MSC Chain of Custody certification if you:
- Buy pre-packed certified products that will be sold to the end consumer without being opened, re-packed or re-labelled (consumer-ready tamper-proof products)
- Buy certified products but do not wish to sell them as MSC certified. In this case the chain is broken and your customers may not make any claim about the product being MSC certified.
Who assesses my business?
Assessments are conducted by accredited independent certifiers – Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs). You can use the below list to find contact details for a CAB or visit the ASI website.
What will be assessed?
Certifiers will audit your business to ensure
- You are purchasing MSC certified product from a certified supplier
- Certified products are clearly identifiable
- Certified products are separated from non-certified
- Certified products are traceable and volumes are recorded
- You have a good management system in place