Governance Structure

The RFS standard setting process has a robust governance structure designed to ensure that the Standard created is fit for purpose and meets market needs.

The Seafish Board has entrusted the RFS Oversight Board to oversee the strategic direction and objectives of the RFS programme. This Oversight Board is composed of representatives from all sectors of the supply chain and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

A full list of RFS Oversight Board members is available to download here.

RFS Technical Working Groups, working under the direction of the RFS Oversight Board, work to define the standard certification criteria and develop the standard certification requirements and certification model. The Technical Working Groups are composed of industry representatives, NGOs, associated standard holders and experts from all sectors of the fishing industry and seafood supply chain, from across the UK and internationally.

A full list of the Technical Working Groups members and the working groups they are allocated to is available to download here.

Through this robust, collaborative and interactive standard development process, the revised RFS draft standard criteria have been developed. The draft standard criteria also incorporate feedback received from nominated Peer Reviewers and current RFS certificate holders within the UK catching sector.

The draft standard criteria for the next iteration of RFS, which will be known as the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS), are now open for a 60-day Public Consultation.

Further information on the RFVS Public Consultation can be found here

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