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Why ASC?

We set the standard for seafood. If you see the ASC label on pack, you can be sure that your seafood was farmed with care.

Our impact

By choosing ASC labelled seafood, you are making a proven, positive impact on people and the planet.

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Our impact

ASC creates measurable positive change in global seafood farming.

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The ASC programme is successful because of all producers and partners involved. Read our reports and stories.


Join the most recognised certification programme and benefit from trading ASC certified seafood.

Our impact

ASC creates measurable, positive change in global seafood farming.

After certification

In addition to accessing our global network of secure and flexible supply, ASC partners benefit from marketing their ASC certified seafood.

Review – Certification and Accreditation Requirements (CAR)

Regular operational reviews ensure the continued efficiency of the various ASC standards. They are focused on areas where the performance of a particular standard is not as anticipated, or may not deliver on the intent as set out in the ASC’s Theory of Change.

To learn more about the Certification and Accreditation Requirements, watch the webinar narrated by Efrain Calderon, Head of Certification Assurance Team.

CAR V2.3 & RUoC Public Consultation

Two new normative documents were published for a 60-day public consultation (3 August – 3 October 2020) Status: Closed

  • ASC CAR v2.3
  • ASC Requirements for Units of Certification (RUoC)

The two documents provide structure that further strengthens a number of areas across the certification process from application to certification decision and subsequent surveillance and certification updates.

The new ASC RUoC has been created with a similar structure to the amended CAR (also following the certification process) to facilitate better understanding of how to comply with the certification process requirements for the applicant/certificate holder.

Click here to read the  Summary of Summary of Public Consultation Feedback on ASC CAR 2.3 and ASC RUoC 1.0 

Previous public consultation (14 March – 14 May 2019)

Those proposed 2019 updates to the CAR were to be considered by:

  1. first reading the Social Auditing  Methodology narrative,
  2. then reviewing Annex F – Templates for social auditing,
  3. and ASC Social Risk Assessment Calculator.

Click here to read the Summary of Public Consultation Feedback on ASC Social Audit Methodology.

[Page last updated on 14.07.2022]

Public consultation I

Consultation period: 14 March – 14 May 2019

Status: Closed


ASC CAR Public Consultation Draft 2019

ASC Social Auditing Methodology Narrative Draft 2019

Annex F – Templates for social auditing

ASC Social Risk Assessment Calculator

Summary of Public Consultation Feedback on ASC Social Audit Methodology

Received feedback

Feedback on the proposed updates to the social audit requirements can be submitted in the following manner:

Survey on the ASC Social Audit Methodology

Feedback on the strengthened Social Auditing Methodology: via the Stakeholder Comment Submission Form


Webinars on the Social Auditing Methodology for the CAR will take place on the following time and date:

  • 2 May 2019, 14:00 CET

Registration for one of the webinars above can be done by sending an email to please include in your email:

  1. 1. First name
  2. 2. Family name
  3. 3. Company/organisation
  4. 4. Email address

Dial-in information will be shared upon registration.

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