IFFO RS Standard ends another successful year of growth and further developments planned for 2017

Monday, December 12, 2016

The IFFO RS Standard has continued to expand its reach, with 118 certified marine ingredients producing factories located in 16 countries. Morocco is the latest country to join the programme, strengthening presence in Africa. By the end of 2016, the programme will represent almost 45% of the total world output of fishmeal and fish oil, produced from both whole fish and by-products (heads, guts and frames) from the human consumption market. As well as this success, the IFFO RS Certification Programme is also recognised as a credible standard for responsible sourcing and production of marine ingredients by the major aquaculture standards such as GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). It is expected that the production of compliant certified IFFO RS material will continue to increase over the years, and the development of the new version 2.0 of the IFFO RS standard should help with this expected increase. 

To ensure the Standard remains ahead of the curb, the IFFO RS Governance Board (GB) decided at the last meeting to carry out a full strategy review during the course of 2017, involving a wide-ranging consultation of stakeholders, including industry and NGO’s. The purpose of this review is to agree a strategy for the Standard going forward to 2025. The IFFO RS GB has also decided to continue with the implementation of all the ISEAL codes into the IFFO RS Certification Programme, but has decided to put the membership application process on standby as the final application will depend on the outcome of the proposed strategic review.

The development of the IFFO RS V2.0 Standard has been carried out in two parts. The revised fishery criteria and proposed new assessment methodology (excluding mixed trawl fishery criteria) were opened up for a 30 day public consultation in August 2016. The factory audit criteria are under development and the aim is for the first full draft of the Standard (excluding mixed trawl fishery criteria) to be ready and opened for a 60-day public consultation period from January 2017. The intention is to have this new version ready to be launched in June/July 2017, with a period of implementation of approximately 12 months for existing IFFO RS certificate holders. The mixed trawl fishery section of the fisheries assessment will be included in the new version by the end of 2017.

The 60-day public consultation period will start on the 16th January 2017 and run until 17th March 2017. All the necessary information and templates to use for the consultation will be available on the IFFO RS website.

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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 - http://www.iffo.net/iffo-rs


  • 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.