Improver Programme Application Committee

The IFFO RS GB and Improver Programme Application Committee (IP SC) work together to develop and implement the IFFO RS Improver Programme (IFFO RS IP). The IP SC is an objective‐based multi‐stakeholder group, representative of fishery science, fishmeal manufacturing, the food supply chain and environment. The function of the IP SC is to draft the IFFO RS IP assessment, acceptance and tracking mechanisms for submission to the IFFO RS GB for finalisation and approval. This ensures that only progressive and committed applicants are accepted onto the IFFO RS IP.

Main Objective:

The objective of the IFFO RS IP is to implement a robust and credible programme, allied to the IFFO RS Version 2.0 Standard, at approved IFFO RS IP factories which at present are struggling to meet the IFFO RS Version 2.0 Standard Certification criteria. Implementation of this improvers programme will allow IFFO RS IP factories to reach compliance with the IFFO RS Version 2.0 Standard in a defined period of time.

Key Activities:

  • To develop the IFFO RS IP Acceptance Mechanism for IFFO RS GB approval.
  • To keep the IFFORS IP SC Acceptance Mechanism procedures under review, to ensure their relevance to current practice and market requirements.
  • Provide knowledge and guidance that will contribute to accurate interpretation, development and alignment of the IFFO RS IP for assessment purposes.
  • Provide advice by way of decisions, proceedings, and meeting minutes to the IFFO RS Governance Board on any amendments considered to be necessary to ensure the accuracy, relevance and credibility of the IFFO RS IP programme.
  • Provide input and advice on documents prepared on the IP SC interpretation of the IFFO RS IP Acceptance Criteria and supporting IFFO RS IP guidance documentation used in the assessment of applicants as the programme develops and evolves.
  • Monitor any changes to the relevant Normative Reference documents or standards, or newly issued FAO guidance relevant to fishery assessment or legislative documentation that are used in the IFFO RS programme and incorporate the required amendments into the IFFO RS IP Acceptance Criteria.

IFFO RS Improver Programme Acceptance Committee: 

Biographies of each can be found on the Governance & Board Members page;

  • David Parker
  • Duncan Leadbitter
  • Ally Dingwall
  • Dan Lee
  • Trygve B. Lea

Marine ingredient producers who wish to participate and be formally accepted into the program improvement IFFO RS IP must complete the relevant application registration and send it to the IFFO RS secretariat at If you have any questions, please contact us at