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

Project timelines & important dates

Completion / Launch: April 9, 2019

Effective Date: October 9, 2019

Group Certification documents

The following group certification documents can also be downloaded from the About our certification webpage:

Public consultation period I

Start date:
20 May 2016
Closing date:
31 July 2016

Consultation documents

ASC Group Certification Proposal (overview, NOT for consultation)

ASC Requirements for the Certification of Producer Groups

Changes to the Certification and Accreditation Requirements (CAR) for Group Certification_Annex F for CABs

CARv.2.0_Audit report template including Group Certificaiton repaired (2 new tabs highlighted in turquoise)

ASC Group Certification_Public comment form

For submitting comments, please use the last listed document - ASC Group Certification_Public comment form and send it to  standards@asc-aqua.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.


Governance documents

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