We apply a third-party certification system, meaning that certification of feed mills, farms and product suppliers are done by independent certifiers. 

Certifiers are accredited and monitored by an independent accreditation organisation, Assurance Services International (ASI). This ensures our program is robust, credible and meets best practice guidelines for standard-setting organisations as set out by ISEAL Alliance and  United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Certified feed mills and farms are subject to annual surveillance audits.

Certification Process

Who can assess against the ASC standards?

Certification companies, also referred to as a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), are independent of the ASC. CABs must demonstrate to another independent organisation, Assurance Services International (ASI), that they have the skills to undertake assessments of our standards. Auditors are also required to participate in standard specific training, including a mandatory exam that they must pass. Following accreditation, the Conformity Assessment Body is monitored by ASI to ensure they continue to operate in line with our Certification and Accreditation Requirements (CAR).

Farm Group certification

The majority of aquaculture globally is done by small to medium sized operations. It is therefore key to ensure we provide possibilities for these farms to adopt the ASC standards. Group Certification enables smaller-scale producers to join together as a group to collectively implement the ASC standards requirements. This allows them to share the costs and resources involved in meeting these requirements and being audited against them. While the methodology allows smaller producers to collectively apply for certification, the applicable standard requirements remain the same, and every part of the group must meet these requirements to achieve certification. The following Group Certification documents can be downloaded under  Documents (left column):

  • ASC CAR v.2.2 including Group Certification April 2019
  • ASC Requirements for the Certification of Producer Groups.v1 April 2019
  • ASC Group Certification Templates for Groups
  • ASC Group calculator

Variance requests

Our ASC Requirements have been developed with the intention to cover most real-life scenarios in aquaculture farming and feed mill production. Nevertheless, situations occur where these documents do not provide a solution. For this reason, accredited CABs can submit a Variance Request (VR) on the content of these Requirements or seek interpretation (via a Q&A) on how to address situations not covered. Once a Variance Request is received by ASC, it is evaluated for approval within the VR-committee.

Variance request Interpretation platform

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