The RFM Chain of Custody Application Process

Stakeholders in the seafood fisheries value chain can apply for RFM Chain of Custody Certification.

Seafood companies wishing to supply products bearing the RFM certification logo or certification claim will need to complete an application form provided by one of the approved certification bodies.

This Chain of Custody standard program will verify that participating seafood handlers can demonstrate effective traceability and have systems in place to ensure that the certified seafood product is not mixed with non-certified seafood.

Length of a Chain of Custody Certificate

Certificates are valid for three years with annual surveillance. On-going certification is maintained as long as there is sufficient evidence that the applicant remains in compliance with the criteria of the Standard.

The application and certification process has a number of distinct stages

(this process can take from 1-3 months)

  • Stage 1: The potential Applicant can request information on the Chain of Custody Standard from the Certified Seafood Collaborative and/or the Certification Body.
  • Stage 2: If the potential Applicant wishes to progress to certification they will need to complete an official application form which can be provided by the Certification Body. A single organization or a group organization can apply.
  • Stage 3: The Applicant’s application form is assessed by the Certification Body and an Assessment plan is created on how the Applicant will gain certification to the Chain of Custody Standard.
  • Stage 4: If the Applicant agrees to the assessment plan an audit by an Approved Assessor will be conducted.
  • Stage 5: During the audit the assessor will compile an Assessment report of how the Applicant does or does not meet the Chain of Custody Standard.
  • Stage 6: The assessment report will be submitted to the Certification Body’s Certification Committee for a Certification Decision.
  • Stage 7: When the certification of the Applicant is confirmed the Certification Body will issue a Chain of Custody Certificate to the Applicant. The certificate is valid for 3 years with annual re-assessments.
  • Stage 8: The certified Applicant can apply to the Certified Seafood Collaborative for the right to use the Certified Logo or Statement

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