As part of good governance, Standards are regularly reviewed to ensure their content continues to reflect changes in legislation and best practice. Work is almost complete on the development of the next iteration of the Standard, the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS).
An extensive consultation period in 2018 informed the development of the RFVS Terms of Reference (previously called RFS Version 2) which continue to guide the development process.
The RFVS has been developed using a robust standard development process which has incorporated input from all sectors of the seafood industry from across the UK and internationally (Catching, Processing, Retail, Standard Holder and NGOs).
A key priority for the RFS development process is to build on the experience of the UK sector to ensure that the next iteration of the scheme is credible, robust and practical and that it meets the needs of the UK market.