Originally created for single farm audits, we are adjusting the certification requirements to accommodate a so-called Group Certification approach.
The majority of aquaculture globally is done by small to medium sized operations. It was therefore key to making sure that the ASC’s set up includes possibilities for these farms to adopt the ASC Standards’ requirements. The new Group Certification methodology was launched at an event in Can Tho, Vietnam, attended by nearly 100 stakeholders on April 9, 2019. Read the launch press release here.
Group Certification will allow smaller-scale producers to join together as a group to collectively implement the requirements of ASC standards. This allows them to share the costs and resources involved in meeting these requirements and auditing them. While it will allow smaller producers to collectively apply for certification, the applicable requirements of the standard remain the same, and every part of the group must meet these requirements to achieve certification.
Contact person: Vân Roetert
Completion / Launch: April 9, 2019
Effective Date: October 9, 2019
The Technical Working Group (TAG) on Group Certification requirements was made up by industry and non-industry representatives (including NGOs, scientists) alike. The process has involved public consultation and seven pilot groups in Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Finland.
Group Certification documents
The following group certification documents can also be downloaded from the About our certification webpage:
- Start date:
- 20 May 2016
- Closing date:
- 31 July 2016
CARv.2.0_Audit report template including Group Certificaiton repaired (2 new tabs highlighted in turquoise)
For submitting comments, please use the last listed document - ASC Group Certification_Public comment form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This comment form includes 2 worksheets and one Cover page that has space for general comments.
Once the public consultation period is closed, all received comments will be published on the ASC website with the name of the organisations that have submitted comments, no personal names will be mentioned.