IFFO RS launches the new IFFO RS standard Version 2.0

IFFO RS launches the new IFFO RS standard Version 2.0

Today, July 18th 2017, IFFO RS Limited launched the new version of its standard for the responsible supply of marine ingredients – IFFO RS Version 2.0. As part of this exciting new step, IFFO RS has also launched a new website which can be found at www.iffors.com.

The IFFO Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) is a business-to-business, third party audited certification programme that assures the animal feed, food and nutraceutical value chains that raw materials are both responsibly sourced and manufactured and enables an IFFO RS compliant factory to demonstrate this to the International market.

To continue the development of the IFFO RS Standard, The IFFO RS Governance Board (at a meeting on 25th November 2014) ratified a proposal to fully review and enhance Version 1.6 of the IFFO RS Standard. This was not only carried out because it is good practice but also to increase relevancy of the standard, allow for recognition and to maintain credibility. The new IFFO RS Version 2.0 Standard upholds the values of Versions 1- 1.6 but introduces enhanced strategic objectives.

Development Process

IFFO RS Standard Version 2.0 underwent a comprehensive standard development process which included two Public Consultations (the first being for 30 days and the second 60 days) to seek stakeholder input to offer those directly and indirectly affected by the proposed new version the opportunity to provide feedback. A multi-stakeholder Technical Advisory Committee worked on the details of the new Version which was then adopted by the Governance Board.

Some of the Key Developments for IFFO RS Standard Version 2.0 include:

  • Enhancement of the IFFO RS Approval Criteria for whole fish (mixed and single fisheries) used as raw material in order to promote more responsible fisheries management.
  • Introduction of criteria to assess good manufacturing practices in order to increase its relevancy and accessibility to the marine ingredient value chain. Certifications such as GMP+ and FEMAS will continue to be recognised by the new version
  • Promote and create improved social and welfare benefits (taking into account International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention) for all workers employed within the marine ingredients producing factory.
  • Develop the standard in order to allow harmonisation and recognition within other relevant fisheries and aquaculture standards


Transition Period

All new applicants must apply to the new version of the IFFO RS Standard 1 month after the launch date and current IFFO RS certified factories under Version 1.6 Standard will have a 1 year transition period. IFFO RS aims to have all IFFO RS certificate holders certified under Version 2.0 by 2019. For more detailed information regarding the procedure of transitioning from Version 1.6 to Version 2.0 please visit our website by clicking here.

Andrew Jackson Chairman of the IFFO RS GB says “On behalf of the Governance Board I would like to thank the Technical Advisory Committee for all their hard work in producing this new version of the standard. The improvements made to the standard will, in my opinion, add further to our credibility and relevancy, which must be good for all our stakeholders”  

For more about the launch of Version 2.0 of the IFFO RS standard please see the following links where you can find opinion editorials from Dr Andrew Jackson (Chairman of the IFFO RS GB) and Andrew Mallison (IFFO Director General). 

Andrew Jackson : Opinion Editorial 

Andrew Mallison: Opinion Editorial 

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Please Contact: Laura Shepherd, Standards Administrator

T: +44 (0) 2030 539 195

E: lshepherd@iffors.com  

Notes for Editors

    1. The Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) is the leading independent business to business certification programme for the production of marine ingredients consisting of 3 standards; The IFFO RS Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS), the IFFO RS Chain of Custody for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS CoC), and the IFFO RS Improvers Programme (IFFO RS IP). Since opening for IFFO RS application in October 2009 and as of 2017 130 plants in 17 different countries have gained IFFO RS certification and over 45% of the worlds combined production of Marine ingredients is IFFO RS compliant. To find out more visit www.iffors.com