The Iceland Responsible Fisheries Foundation has received full accreditation for their Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Management (IRFM) Specification to the internationally recognised ISO/IEC Guide 65 Standard for certification of product and process schemes.
Fisheries for golden redfish and cod have already been certified to this newly accredited IRFM Specification (standard) and all new fisheries certifications, as well as annual surveillance and re-certifications, will be to the IRFM Specification.
The accreditation assessment was carried out by an International Accreditation Forum (IAF) member, the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) and accreditation was awarded against ISO Guide 65 (known as EN 45011 in Europe). The award of accreditation provides clarification at the highest level of the independence, transparency and credibility of IRFM certification.
Iceland Responsible Fisheries Foundation (IRFF), the standard owner, formally applied for accreditation of the IRFM Standard. It is the Technical Committee of the IRFF that is responsible for writing, issuing and reviewing the two IRFM standards; for Responsible Fisheries Management and for Chain of Custody.