As the fishmeal and fish oil industry has continued to expand there has been an increasing need for the industry as a whole to demonstrate its commitment to responsible practices in the way of sourcing, manufacture and supply. In order to support sustainable market growth, decrease the impact the industry has on the environment and to provide stakeholders with a tool to demonstrate responsible practice, the IFFO Governance Board (IFFO RS GB) put together a multi-stakeholder Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to develop a business-to-business Global Standard for the Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) of marine ingredients.
By way of factory audits and fisheries assessments (full audit year 1, surveillance audits years 2 and 3) the IFFO RS Standard Certificate credibility is up held and lasts 3 years given compliance to all IFFO RS Standard requirements. Certification to the requirements under this Standard allows successful production factories to use the unique certification mark “IFFO RS Assured” to signify compliance and commitment to the IFFO RS Standard.
After much development, the initial Standard was finalised in September 2009 and in February 2010 the first IFFO RS Certificate was awarded. From there, the Standard continued to grow in strength and is now the leading Standard in the certification of marine ingredient factories. 5 years after the original IFFO RS Version 1.0 was released there have been 6 reviews of the Standard each building on the original Terms of Reference (ToR) set by the Version 1.0 TAC in 2008.
• Eradication of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing material being used as IFFO RS approved raw material.
• Ensure that whole fish used in the production of marine ingredients are sourced from responsibly managed fisheries.
• Ensure the safe manufacture of marine ingredients.
To have effective traceability systems in place to ensure that the IFFO RS compliant marine ingredients can be traced back to the approved IFFO RS raw material fishery. With its independent third party audit and certification programme, IFFO RS allows producers of Marine Ingredients to demonstrate that their raw materials are responsibly sourced and responsibly produced.