The Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) is the leading independent business to business certification programme for the production of marine ingredients consisting of 3 standards; The IFFO RS Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS), the IFFO RS Chain of Custody for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS CoC), and the IFFO RS Improvers Programme (IFFO RS IP). Since opening for IFFO RS application in October 2009 and as of 2017 130 plants in 17 different countries have gained IFFO RS certification and over 45% of the worlds combined production of Marine ingredients is IFFO RS compliant.
All Marine Ingredients produced globally will be sourced from responsibly sourced fisheries products and produced in a safe manner.
To enable Marine Ingredient producers to demonstrate to all stakeholders their commitment to responsible practices in the areas of raw material procurement and food/feed safety.
- To ensure that whole fish used come from fisheries managed according to the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.
- To ensure no Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishery raw materials are used.
- To ensure pure and safe products are produced under a recognised Quality Management System, thereby demonstrating freedom from potentially unsafe and illegal materials.
- To ensure full traceability throughout production and the supply chain.
A full statement of purpose of the IFFO RS Standard as laid out by the IFFO RS Governance Board can be found in the downloads section. To find out more about the background of IFFO RS, click on the following link to learn more about the history of IFFO RS
The ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996 is an International Standard that provides ‘general requirements for bodies operating product certification systems’ and has added a valuable endorsement to the IFFO RS Standard. Guide 65 ensures that the resulting product certifications are impartial, consistent with international standards, and based on objective testing.
To meet the stringent standards required by ISO Guide 65, IFFO’s independent Certification Body had to demonstrate its compliance to ISO Guide 65 requirements in awarding certificates against the RS Standard. There were a number of steps involved in gaining accreditation including document review, office and witness assessments and the Accreditation Board review and decision making process for the IFFO RS. The preparation period from submission of application to accreditation Board decision was 2 years.
IFFO chose ISO Guide 65 accreditation because it has been adopted by the majority of standards owners as a consistent and transparent way of operating certification schemes. It is also a frequent requirement of the major retailers to demonstrate a well-managed standard.