Invitation to provide input on the full draft (excl. Mixed Trawl Fishery Criteria) of the version 2.0 of IFFO RS Responsible Supply Standard

(16th January, 2017) In order to maintain the credibility and relevancy of its leading standard, the IFFO RS Governance Board ratified a proposal to review and enhance the IFFO RS programme through the development of ‘Version 2.0’. The IFFO RS certification process includes two key components: the fishery assessment, and the factory assessment. The development of Version 2.0 includes a thorough review of both and these (excluding the new Mixed Fishery Criteria) are ready for Public Consultation via our website for a period of 60 days beginning 16th January 2017.

To continue with this key next stage in the development of Version 2.0, IFFO RS Ltd. has produced a draft of the revised full standard that consists of the fishery assessment methodology, fishery and factory assessment criteria (excluding Mixed Fishery Criteria). A public consultation feedback submission form (excel format) has been developed in order to provide a user friendly way for stakeholders and other interested parties to provide input on the development. The purpose of this public consultation is to obtain input from a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties on the proposed standard and to inform about the continuing development of Version 2.0.

Many of the proposed changes for Version 2.0 are with regards to the fishery assessment methodology that aims to facilitate the assessment by improving the Standard’s consistency and ability to tackle fisheries with multiple species, or which have lower levels of information available; the addition of Good Manufacturing Practice clauses and revised social and environmental criteria into the factory audit. It is hoped that Version 2.0 will promote more responsible management in such fisheries and ultimately further reduce the environmental impact of the fishmeal and fish oil manufacturing process.

Dr Andrew Jackson, Chairman of the IFFO RS Governance Board explains “We consider stakeholder involvement as very important for the development and credibility of the IFFO RS Certification Programme. We would therefore welcome and encourage any comments or feedback regarding the revised fishery assessment criteria and the proposed factory audit criteria which include sections on Good Manufacturing Practice and a number of fundamental social and environmental aspects. We look forward to launching IFFO RS V2 and continuing to promote more responsible fisheries management and marine ingredient production practices.”

The public consultation feedback submission form is available in the download section on the IFFO RS website (please visit together with the revised full standard that consists of the fishery assessment methodology, fishery and factory assessment criteria. For comments and information regarding this process please visit the IFFO RS website or contact IFFO RS secretariat at

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Notes for Editors


  • The Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) is a business-to-business certification programme that enables a compliant factory to demonstrate that it responsibly sources its raw material from well-managed fisheries and responsibly converts that into pure and safe products. To be certified fishmeal and fish oil factories must demonstrate sourcing from well managed fisheries and safe and traceable production. Assessments are conducted by an independent certification body and in just over two years, IFFO RS has successfully attracted over 110 certified factories, spread across nine countries. Most of the largest fisheries such as Peruvian anchovy, Alaskan Pollock, Sprat in Denmark and Norway, Boarfish in the UK and Faroe Island, Gulf menhaden in USA and many more have been approved for supply into the manufacturing food chain including whole fish and by- product raw material to produce compliant marine ingredients. For more information visit the IFFO RS Website -


  • Fishmeal is a natural, balanced, highly nutritious feed ingredient used in diets for farmed fish and crustaceans and as a high protein supplement in nutritionally demanding periods in the life cycle of pigs and poultry, as well as in pet food.


  • Fish oil is the major natural source (97%) of the healthy long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Most fish oil is used in feeds for farmed fish and there is an expanding market for fish oil for human nutritional supplements and functional foods.