Prospect
CAB Publication date
ASC Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Certificate holder Date of submission
2017-08-24
Unit of certification Species
Country Reference to other Q&As
ALL
Document
Document reference Version
CAR 2.1
Indicator Other relevant indicator/clause
7,6
Background
Background info
What is the difference between suspension, cancellation and withdrawal of a certificate or certification process, and what process applies for each of those?
Supporting evidence
Question
Clarify the difference between suspension, cancellation and withdrawal of a certificate or certification process, and what process applies for each of those
Determination
Effective date
August 24, 2017
Rationale
The CAR has the following definitions in Annex A Cancellation = Voluntary cancellation of a certification contract by any party to it according to the contractual arrangements. Suspension = temporary removal by the CAB pending corrective action by the certification holder Withdrawal = irrevocable removal by the CAB. Expired certificate = A certificate that reached the expiry date without having been renewed by the issuing CAB. This certificate is no longer valid Additional clarity can be provided as follows and overrules the CAR definition: Cancellation – related to both, certification process/before completion of an on-site audit and existing certificate. The decision taker is the applicant/ certificate holder. NB: If an onsite audit has been conducted before that cancellation decision, a summary of the audit findings must be submitted by the CAB to both the client and ASC. Withdrawal – is related to an existing certificate. The decision taker is the CAB, The CAB ends a certificate indefinitely. A withdrawal is normally the result of a suspension if non-conformities are not closed in due time and suspension cannot be lifted, or because of administration reasons. Once a certificate is withdrawn, to get back to the ASC programme the client (previous certificate holder) must apply for certification anew and the farm must undergo the initial audit process again. This can only take place 12 months after the date of withdrawal decision. Suspension – is related to an existing certificate. The decision taker is the CAB. The CAB suspends a certificate temporarily. A Suspension can be lifted, meaning certificate holders can get back to the programme when suspension is lifted. There can be compliance or administrative reasons for suspension. For suspension, cancelation and withdrawal, the CAB must use form 5 in the CAR to inform ASC. This information is published on ASC website. NB: When the suspension is lifted, the CAB must send a notification to ASC to make known of this decision and update the website accordingly. Additionally: Failed audit – any audit that has been done on-site but due to conformance reasons the applicant/certificate holder cannot be granted the certificate. A failed surveillance may lead to suspension/withdrawal. Expired – The farm had a certificate that is no longer valid and decided not to go for a recertification.
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