Application and Certification Process

Stakeholders in the Icelandic fisheries value chain can apply for Responsible Fisheries Management Chain of Custody certification. They will need to complete an application form to evaluate if they need to  comply with the Chain of Custody Specification.

The Application and Certification Process has a number of distinct stages:

Stage 1
Potential applicant can request information on the Chain of Custody Specification from Iceland Responsible Fisheries and/or the Certification Body.

Stage 2
If the potential applicant wishes to progress to certification they will need to complete an official application form which can be provided by the Certification Body. A single organisation or a group organisation can apply.

Stage 3
The applicant's application form is assessed by the Certification Body and an Assessment plan is created on how the applicant will gain certification to the Chain of Custody Specification.

Stage 4
If the applicant agrees to the assessment plan an audit by an Approved Assessor will be conducted.

Stage 5
During the audit, the assessor will compile an Assessment report of how the applicant does or does not meet the Chain of Custody Specification.

Stage 6
The assessment report will be submitted to the Certification Body's Certification Committee for a Certification Decision.

Stage 7
When the certification of the applicant is confirmed the Certification Body will issue a Chain of Custody Certificate to the applicant. The certificate is valid for 3 years with annual re-assessments.

Stage 8
The certified applicant can apply to Iceland Responsible Fisheries for the right to use the Certified Logo or Statement (c/o Finnur Gardarsson, Download the application form or Apply here


For more details on the chain of custody application process please contact Donna Sweeney, at Global Trust Certification/SAI Global. This process takes from 1-3 months.