RFPS Governance Structure: Large Ports

To ensure the scheme is credible and robust, a formal governance structure has been adopted. This includes an independent Oversight Board to oversee the scheme's strategic direction and a Technical Committee to develop the detailed performance criteria a fishing port/harbour would have to satisfy. The Seafish Board is the RFPS Standard Holder.

To maintain governance integrity, the credentials of the Technical Committee and Oversight Boards members were vetted, and members were asked to sign conditions of engagement which are documented in a Terms of Reference and available for public review (on request). In addition, each serving member signed a Confidentiality Agreement to protect the Intellectual Property of the RFPS.  

The RFPS Governance Structure

RFPS Governance structure


Oversight Board

The development of the strategic direction and objectives of the Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme were delegated by the Seafish Board to an independent RFPS Oversight Board (OB). 

The Oversight Board comprises representatives from each key supply chain sector within the seafood industry. 

Technical Committee

The development of the RFPS Standard and Code of Practice were delegated by the RFPS OB to an RFPS Technical Committee (TC) made up of sector-specific experts.

The primary role of the TC was to design and develop a set of performance criteria which each potential applicant for certification to the Standard would have to attain. An additional role of the TC is to ensure that the technical compliance indicators and guidance produced for the RFPS certification scheme meet the strategic objectives of the Scheme and comply with ISO 17065 accreditation requirements.

Strategic Development Plan 

The Large Ports Standard will be developed in response to future industry needs. More detail on areas for potential inclusion within the Large Ports Standard is provided within the Large Ports: Strategic Development Plan which outlines options for the strategic development of the standard and technical aspects for potential inclusion in future versions.

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