How to get certified against the ASC Farm Standards

Read the steps below if you are interested in the ASC certification:

  1. Carefully read the relevant, species specific standard’s Audit Preparation Checklist. It lists all requirements a farm must meet prior to an audit.
  2. Farm contacts ASC accredited CAB (Find a CAB on the ASI website) – CAB sends information to farm.*
  3. Farm contracts ASC accredited CAB. ASC strongly recommends asking more than one CAB for a quotation.
  4. ASC and ASI are notified about the CAB’s planned audit (via the ASC Database) 30 days before audit; CAB shall upload any updates within 5 days of any changes.
  5. ASC publishes the audit date on the Find a Farm page (3 days after being informed by CAB) to allow stakeholders to indicate their interest in the audit process.
  6. CAB sends audit information to farm.
  7. CAB collects and lists all relevant stakeholders.
  8. CAB conducts audit preparation and planning.
  9. CAB conducts the farm audit (includes receiving input from stakeholders) and presents audit findings to the farm.
  10. Within 30 days of audit completion, the CAB completes the draft audit report and uploads to the ASC database.
  11. ASC publishes the draft report on the Find a Farm page within 5 days of receipt from the CAB.
  12. Stakeholders have 15 days to submit comments on the draft report directly to the CAB.
  13. CAB reviews and (where required) responds to stakeholder input.
  14. CAB takes certification decision: The CAB will consider all audit evidence when taking certification decisions including stakeholder input.
  15. CAB uploads final certification report and certificate to ASC database within 20 days of the close of the stakeholder comment period.
  16. ASC publishes certification report and certificate on the Find a Farm.

*Please note: ASC does not determine the cost of certification. To receive a quote for certification, please contact the accredited CABs listed here.

**Days referenced are working days

Farm Data Submission

Farms that must submit data to ASC can send an email to data@asc-aqua.org (more information can be found in the Standards). Please follow the instructions for farmers submitting data to ASC outlined in the Checklist.

Through the ASC certification process, potential and current certificate holders submit data as evidence of conformance with ASC requirements and for the purpose of transparency under the ASC certification programme. ASC manages and utilises these non-personal data on social and environmental performance for monitoring and evaluation and review and revision of our certification and assurance programmes.

ASC adheres to strict processes in the privacy (ASC Privacy Policy) and protection (ASC GDPR Data Protection Policy) of personal data. ASC may share non-personal data in aggregate for research purposes; personal data of any kind are never shared.

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