Improvers Programme Committee

IFFO RS Governance Board utilises the skills of an Improver Programme Sub‐Committee (IP SC) to assist with the development and implementation of an IFFO RS Improvers Programme (IFFO RS IP) that will create a framework mechanism to ensure that only progressive and committed applicants are accepted onto this IFFO RS IP for the global fishmeal and fish oil manufacturing industry.The objective of the IFFO RS IP is to develop a structured improver programme, allied to the IFFO RS Standard, to provide a pathway for improvement for factories that at present would struggle to meet the IFFO RS Standard; this could be due to inadequate or absent fisheries management in their raw material supply or factory infrastructure and operational issues. The implementation improvements would allow the fishmeal manufacturer (the applicant) to ultimately comply with the IFFO RS Standard in a defined period of time.The IP SC is an objective‐based multi‐stakeholder group, representative of fishery science, fish meal manufacturing, the food supply chain and environment. However, external consultation may be sought from both fishery specific and wider fishmeal manufacturing management and stakeholder interests to assist in the development of thisprogramme.The function of the IP SC is to draft the IFFO RS IP assessment, acceptance and tracking mechanisms for submission to the IFFO RS Governing Board for finalisation and approval.


Main Objective:

Advance the development and implementation of a credible and robust assessment programme for the global fishmeal and fish oil manufacturing industry that provides assurance to the seafood supply chain that applicants have implemented approved improvement plans that upon successful completion will lead the applicant to full IFFO RS certification.


Key Activities:

• To develop the IFFO RS IP Acceptance Mechanism for IFFO RS Governing Board approval.

• To keep the IFFORS IP SC Acceptance Mechanism procedures under review, to ensure their relevance to current practice and market requirements.

• Based on member fishery, environmental and good manufacturing insight and experience of the global fishmeal and fish oil industry, provide knowledge and guidance that will contribute to accurate interpretation, development and alignment of the IFFO RS IP for assessment purposes

.• Provide advice by way of decisions, proceedings, and meeting minutes to the IFFO RS Governance Board on any amendments considered to be necessary to ensure the accuracy, relevance and credibility of the IFFO RS IP programme.

• Provide input and advice on documents prepared on the IP SC interpretation of the IFFO RS IP Acceptance Criteria and supporting IFFO RS IP guidance documentation used in the assessment of applicants in the global fish meal and fish oil industry as this programme develops and evolves

.• Monitor any changes to the relevant Normative Reference documents or standards, or newly issued FAO guidance relevant to fishery assessment or legislative documentation that are used in the IFFO RS programme and incorporate the required amendments into the IFFO RS IP Acceptance Criteria.


Below is a list of the IFFO RS Improvers Programme Committee. Biographies of each can be found on the Governance & Board Members page;

  • David Parker

  • Duncan Leadbitter

  • Ally Dingwall

  • Piers Hart

  • Dan Lee

  • Trygve B. Lea