MSC CoC Certification Services

As a result of being a pioneer in investing in ASC/MSC CoC, AGFOCERT has been the first and only certification body accredited in Turkey. Our auditors are qualified for MSC CoC standards.

  • We have been granted our accreditation by ASI on May 16, 2016.
  • We are able to certify all of the trout, salmon, tilapia, abalone, bivalve, shrimp and pangasius scopes.
  • Traceability of ASC certified farms must be maintained at the processing facility, storage, broker companies, and those must have a MSC CoC (Chain of Custody) certificate in order to keep the supply chain. Our accreditation also includes MSC CoC.
  • While our ASC and MSC CoC accreditation currently covers entire world except for USA, Canada and China.
  • We are accredited of the Chain of Custody certification within both ASC and MSC scopes.

The Marine Stewardship Council is an independent, international non-profit organisation that manages the world’s leading certification and labelling programme for responsible fishing.

What is the MSC doing?

We work with fisheries, scientists and industry to make sure our oceans are fished sustainably and it’s easy to find and buy certified sustainable seafood.

By choosing seafood products with the blue MSC label you are directly supporting fishers that take care of our oceans and encouraging others to do the same.

Between the ocean and your plate, fish and seafood products may pass through many stages. Supply chains can be very complicated. The MSC Chain of Custody Standard ensures that products from MSC certified sustainable fisheries are traceable and separated from non-certified products.

For products to carry the blue MSC label, every company in the supply chain must have a valid Chain of Custody certificate. To be certified, businesses are audited by independent certifiers.

What is the MSC Chain of Custody?

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What is assessed?
There are five key principles that every company must meet to achieve certification.
Certified supply
Companies must purchase certified product from a certified supplier
Certified products are clearly identifiable
Certified products are separated from non-certified
Traceable and recorded
Certified products are traceable and volumes are recorded
Good management
Companies have a management system that addresses the requirements of the Standard

Different businesses, different needs

The Chain of Custody Standard was last updated in 2019. It consists of one default version, along with Group and Consumer-Facing Organisation (CFO) versions. See our guide for supply chain companies.

The Standard is reviewed every three years.

Declaration of Compliance and Support for MSC Standards

Conformance with ISO 17065 and MSC Requirements

AGFOCERT, as an accredited certification body, hereby declares its full compliance with the requirements of ISO 17065 and all relevant Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) requirements as per our scope of accreditation. We are committed to upholding the highest standards in certification processes, ensuring integrity, impartiality, and professionalism in all our services.

Policy in Support of MSC's Aims and Objectives

AGFOCERT recognizes the critical importance of sustainable marine practices and responsible seafood sourcing for the health of our oceans. In alignment with this, we have established a policy that fervently supports the aims and objectives of the MSC. Our policy is centered on promoting sustainable fishing practices, contributing to the health of marine ecosystems, and encouraging responsible sourcing and consumption of seafood products.

Alignment of Actions with Policy

Our actions and operations consistently reflect our policy in support of MSC's objectives. This includes rigorous assessment processes that ensure only sustainable fishing practices are certified, ongoing training for our personnel in sustainability standards, and active participation in initiatives that promote awareness and education about sustainable seafood. We continuously evaluate and improve our practices to ensure they align with both our policy and the evolving standards of the MSC.