FAQs

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  • How much does certification cost?

    Annual charges can be found on the IFFO RS website via the following link for IFFO RS certification click here, IFFO RS CoC Certification click here and IFFO RS Improves Programme click here.

  • Will costs of the standard change?

    Costs to the IFFO RS standard will change at the beginning of 2018 due to the enhancement of assurance, credibility and robustness and the increased recognition.

  • How much does a fishery assessment costs?

    Cost for IFFO RS whole fish assessments and by-products assessments can be found on the IFFO RS website by clicking here

  • How do I apply for IFFO RS certification?

    You can apply to become IFFO RS certified by fully completing the most current IFFO RS application found in the download section in 'get certified', simply click here and submitting it to IFFO RS limited directly at standards@iffors.com. Your application will be reviewed by IFFO RS and any further comments will be sent back to you before approving the application to then be submitted to your certification body of choice. Please ensure that you follow the instructions carefully and you complete the information as accurately as possible.

  • How do I apply for IFFO RS CoC certification?

    You can apply to become IFFO RS CoC certified by fully completing the most current IFFO RS CoC application found in the download section in 'get certified', simply click here and submitting it to IFFO RS limited directly at standards@iffors.com. Your application will be reviewed by IFFO RS and any further comments will be sent back to you before approving the application to then be submitted to your certification body of choice. Please ensure that you follow the instructions carefully and you complete the information as accurately as possible.

  • How do I edit or update my IFFO RS certification if I am not due a re-certification?

    If you already have IFFO RS certification and you would like to update the information, such as the company name, addition of another fish specie etc, simply complete the most current IFFO RS Scope Extension application found via the following link in the download section (click here) and submitting it to IFFO RS limited directly at standards@iffors.com. In this application you will only be required to complete the company information in order to link your application to your current application file, and the information that relates to your requested change. For example, if you wish to add a whole fish species you would need to complete the following information;

    1. Company information

    2. If you have more than 1 plant you will need to include the plant names you wish the additional fish species to be added to the certificate scope

    3. In the whole fish section add only the fish specie that you wish to be added to your certificate scope

    4. The statistical information that relates to the whole fish species that you have included in the scope extension form

    5. Sign and date the scope extension form

    Your application will be reviewed by IFFO RS and any further comments will be sent back to you before approving the application to then be submitted to your certification body of choice. Please ensure that you follow the instructions carefully and you complete the information as accurately as possible.

  • What are the requirements for IFFO RS certification under the current Version 2.0?

    You can find the requirements for Version 2.0 of the IFFO RS standard in the downloads section via the following link (click here). 

  • What are the requirements for IFFO RS certification under the Version 1.6?

    You can find the requirements for Version 1.6 of the IFFO RS standard in the downloads section via the following link (click here)

  • How will the launch of Version 2.0 effect current certified factories and new applicants?

    To find out how the launch of Version 2.0 of the IFFO RS standard please visit the webpage which explains in more detail why the new version launched, what this entailed and how this will affect those who are currently certified and new applicants.

  • What is the difference between MSC and IFFO RS certification?

    The MSC is a fisheries certification standard which allows a fishery to claim that it is “sustainable” following successfully passing a rigorous process to ensure that the fishery has an effective management based on a full ecosystem approach with specific provisions for the management of low trophic level species. IFFO RS is a factory certification standard which ensures responsible manufacturing and raw material sourcing. For whole fish to be assessed as responsible within the RS standard, they must either come from an MSC certified fishery or from a fishery that has been assessed and approved by independent third party auditors as meeting the IFFO RS standard. The standard is based on the key requirements of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

  • Which certification body should i choose?

    As a third party certification standard IFFO RS cannot provide advice on which of our IFFO RS approved Certification Bodies you should choose. We advise that you contact the Certification Bodies directly to discuss the availability of their auditors and audit costs. Once you have selected a Certification Body you would like to conduct your audits simply fill out the relevant application form and submit it to IFFO RS limited directly at standards@iffors.com. You can find the contact details and list of approved IFFO RS auditors on the 'Certification Bodies and Approved Auditors' page

  • What happens after submitting your application form?

    To find out more about the process of application and certification please visit the IFFO RS website via the following link for IFFO RS certification (click here), forr IFFO RS CoC Certification (click here) and for IFFO RS Improves Programme (click here).