Standard in development – Aligned Standard
The process of harmonisation is necessary in order to improve consistency and efficiency of our standards. It aims to deliver a higher level of homogeneity and rationalisation across the current standards, provide greater clarity to farmers, auditors and to other external stakeholders. This alignment will allow the ASC to expand its reach and impact in a more effective and efficient manner.
Contact person: Michiel Fransen
The Aligned Standard
The ASC has in 2016 sought stakeholder feedback on the first draft of a proposed Core Standard of indicators. This document harmonises Principles, Rationale, Criteria and Indicators from the then seven ASC species standards (Salmon, Trout, Pangasius, Tilapia, Shrimp, Bivalves, Abalone); and the draft Seriola/Cobia standard was also considered before its launch in November 2016. Agreeing a common set of indicators was the first step (Phase 1) in creating a Core Standard that will lead to harmonisation of ASC’s standards.
The Aligned Standard’s development is currently in its second phase to agree harmonised applicability, requirements and methods that will finalise the Core Standard and species-specific annexes. The latter will set out requirements for a given species, or species group, where harmonisation cannot be achieved.
A key has been provided to show how the principles and indicators/requirements from each of the seven ASC species-specific standards have been harmonised into the proposed Core Standard. The purpose of grouping these indicators is to rationalise, homogenise and simplify the various standards making them common wherever possible. This means that some detail is sometimes lost when multiple indicators across multiple standards are merged into one Core indicator. And although some descriptive detail may seem to affect the rigour of the standard, the latter’s intent and the requirement levels are not changed at all at this stage. All the requirements, applicability, methods remain the same for the various species and these will be discussed during Phase 2..