Accreditation and certification

In these pages we consider the mechanisms which underpin and give credibility to certification standards.

These mechanisms include:

  • Accreditation is the recognition by impartial authorities that certain bodies are qualified to carry out the task of certification.
  • Certification is the process of verifying that products, processes and services meet certain standards.
  • Traceability or the tracking of products through the supply chain, which ensures that seafood products have met the standards that they lay claim to.

These vital mechanisms are in place to ensure that the seafood standards covered in this guide are reliable indicators of quality with respect to the factors that they claim to address.