IFFO RS CoC Standard


In 2010, IFFO RS released a Chain of Custody standard (IFFO RS CoC) to provide the industry with a clear statement of requirements of how IFFO RS CoC certification can be gained. IFFO RS CoC Certification enables producers of marine ingredients to demonstrate full traceability of IFFO RS compliant products throughout the production process; from the approved raw material sourced from responsibly managed fisheries, to the manufacture and delivery of safe and pure products.

The supply chain for IFFO RS Certified marine ingredients can be complex with many links resulting in a complicated distribution chain, increasing the risk of IFFO RS Certified products being mixed with non-certified material. Therefore, the IFFO RS CoC Standard (based on the internationally accredited ISO/IEC 17065:2012 specifications and the FAO Eco-labelling Requirements of 2005 and 2009) safeguards the identity of produce sold on the global market and ensures consistent, competent and independent certification practices.

Application was opened in October 2010 and the first company was awarded certification in April 2011. Certification to the requirements under this Standard will allow a successful Applicant/Client to use the certification mark “IFFO RS CoC Assured” to signify compliance and commitment to the IFFO RS CoC Standard.

The IFFO RS CoC Programme consists of a set of Standards applicable for marine ingredient producers and for the CoC of Certified Material through the Supply Chain (Full set of standards are outlined and can be found in the downloads section).

There are two main components of the IFFO RS CoC Standard:

  • The verification and certification of producer factories that source their raw material from approved fisheries and by-product fisheries, or by-product aquaculture material.
  • The verification and certification of the CoC for marine ingredient products that come from IFFO RS Certified Factories or IFFO RS Compliant Factories along the Identity Preserved (IP) Supply Chain Model to the customer.

The IP Supply Chain Model requires that the Mill, Refiner/Feed Manufacturer, and all Legal Owners of the IFFO RS approved raw material used are able to demonstrate and maintain full separation and full traceability of the fishery material throughout the supply chain to the delivery point at the end user.

The requirements for Certification to the CoC standard will be subject to continual review and improvement to ensure that it continues to serve stakeholder needs in the provision and use of safe, responsibly sourced marine ingredients for the international market.

In order to demonstrate compliance and achieve IFFO RS CoC Certification the Applicant/Client will be audited to the full IFFO RS CoC Standard to ensure that all internal controls are robust and are maintained to protect the providence of the IFFO RS Certified Marine Ingredients. Prior to any successful certification all Non-compliances raised by the Certification Body’s auditor will need to be closed off before the Applicant/Client can be certified to the IFFO RS CoC Standard.

The Chain of Custody (CoC) remains intact only if the ownership of the product is not passed to a trader. If a trader purchases the product from a certified producer to sell it to an approved buyer, even if it remains stored in the certified producer's site, then the chain has been broken and the trader will also require CoC.

Visit the downloads section to download the IFFO RS Chain of Custody standard for a detailed outlining of the standards requirements. To see a full list of current IFFO RS CoC certified plants, click here.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at standards@iffors.com