IFFO RS History

From the year 2000, the continued growth of the global fishmeal and fish oil markets, together with the growing concern over the sustainability of global fisheries and the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU), shaped an increasing need for the industry as a whole to demonstrate commitment to the responsible sourcing and safe production of raw materials.

In order to tackle these issues head on and provide stakeholders with a tool to demonstrate responsible practice, the IFFO Governance Board of the Marine Ingredients Organisation put together a multi-stakeholder Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to develop a business-to-business Global Standard for the Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) of Marine Ingredients.

It was agreed by the TAC that it would be a business-to-business standard with the unit of certification being the fishmeal and fish oil factories and would be managed according to the ISO 65 standard (superseded by BS EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012), which requires the appointment of independent Certification Bodies to undertake the task of auditing and awarding IFFO RS Certificates.

After much development, the initial Standard was finalised in September 2009, the programme opened for applications in October 2009 and the first factory was IFFO RS Certified in February 2010. Also in 2010, the IFFO RS Board in 2010 released a Chain of Custody Standard (IFFO RS CoC) to enable users of marine ingredients to demonstrate that the ingredients they use come from responsible factories. Applications were opened in October 2010 and the first company was awarded certification in April 2011.

Later in 2012, IFFO RS achieved the International Organisation for Standardisation ISO Guide 65:1996 (EN45011) accreditation through its independent Certification Body.

From there, the Standard continued to grow from strength and is now the leading Standard in the certification of marine ingredient producer factories and after 5 years had passed, in order to maintain not only relevance but credibility and accessibility, the IFFO RS undertook a revision of the Standard over the span of 2 years launching Version 2.0 of the IFFO RS Standard in July 2017.