This Policy shall be valid from publication date until September 30th 2020 or until further notice - whichever comes first.

This Policy will be reviewed on a monthly basis, and amended where applicable, due to the fast changing nature of this extraordinary event.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and taking into consideration both the welfare of all those involved in the MarinTrust certification system and travel restrictions that are being put in place, MarinTrust has declared that it has invoked its Process on Handling Remote MarinTrust Factory and MarinTrust Chain of Custody Audits during Extraordinary Events of Circumstances with immediate effect. 

This Policy will be reviewed on a monthly basis, and amended where applicable, due to the fast-changing nature of this extraordinary event.

MarinTrust Auditing Options and Scenarios

MarinTrust has agreed that for all MarinTrust audits to either its Factory Standard or its Chain of Custody Standard the following requirements shall need to be followed by its approved Certification Bodies

New Applicants


For all new applicants to the MarinTrust programme these shall be processed and made audit ready until the CB can execute the audit on-site following the agreed certification procedures requirements expected by MarinTrust. All new applications to either standard shall however, have their onsite audit postponed for a period of 6 months or until the travel restrictions have been relaxed to allow an approved auditor to conduct an on-site audit at these new facilities in a manner that is not imposing any safety issues to the auditor or the applicant 

Surveillance Audits

All certified sites shall be required to have the annual surveillance assessment to maintain the continuity of their certificate for either the MarinTrust Factory standard or the MarinTrust CoC standard. Where an on-site audit is not possible in affected areas*, this shall be scheduled for the 12 month due date of the surveillance and MarinTrust will permit a four  (4) month window allowance to complete this audit after the original 12 month due date. This is to allow for more time to conduct an on-site audit and therefore reduce the risk to the assurance of the programme. Where an on-site audit is still not possible, the CB may use the remote audit checklist. Sites who undergo a remote audit shall be required to have an on-site audit within 6 months of the remote audit.

Re-certification Audits

All Re-certification applicants to either standard whose certification is due to expire in 2020 within the validity date of this policy (30th September 2020), shall have their current certificate extended by a period of 6 months by their certification body from the date of certificate expiry. After this period of time, if an on-site audit cannot be done, MarinTrust together with the certification body, will decide if a remote audit would be appropriate.


*“Affected areas” are considered those countries, provinces, territories or cities experiencing ongoing transmission of COVID-19, in contrast to areas reporting only imported cases.”…