The Iceland Responsible Fisheries Certification Programme is common sense, practical and cost-effective approach for Icelandic fisheries to meet the FAO criteria for credible certification.
The main purpose of the programme is to:
- Preserve the fisheries management principles adopted by the international community
- Document well-managed Icelandic fisheries to the highest level of assurance
- Promote community consensus behind good discipline in fisheries management
- Offer our customers a choice in certification
The IRF certification programme complies with the strictest international requirements. It is based on articles and substantive criteria from the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) reference documents, FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF(1995)) as well as the FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries (2005/2009).
Collectively, these FAO documents provide the basis of the scope of fishery certification and the technical requirements that a fishery must be able to demonstrate to become certified.
This programme utilizes a certification body that is accredited to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Global Trust Certification Ltd., an SAI GLOBAL company, independently manages the certification and assessment methodology that is used to assess and certify Icelandic fisheries. Read more about Global Trust's role in the IRF programme.
The programme has been recognised by the Global Seafood Sustainable Initiative (GSSI). The result is a model that is practical, verifiable, transparent and incorporates the criteria and procedures outlined in the FAO Code and Guidelines.