Following public consultation the IFFO RS Certification Programme has launched a new version of its IFFO RS standard for marine ingredient producers. This new version (Version 1.6) will cover - in addition to all the previous parts of responsible sourcing and responsible production, basic social and environmental aspects at the factory level. This new version will be enforced to all producers and certificate holders from May 1, 2015.
In order to increase the transparency of the standard and to facilitate more robust traceability, IFFO has added a list of MSC fisheries to its raw material section of the RS website. All MSC certified fisheries are recognized as being fully compliant to the IFFO RS fisheries assessments elements of the standard. IFFO RS Secretariat advises that because of the potential for changes, interested parties should check the MSC website for the latest information. A list of approved IFFO RS by-products from aquaculture sources has also been added to the website.
IFFO RS Certification Programme has now become a separate legal entity in its own right, with its own multidisciplinary Governing Board. The administrative and legal body for the IFFO RS Certification Programme is now the newly formed IFFO RS Limited.