Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Management (IRFM)

The Iceland Responsible Fisheries third party Certification Programme verifies Icelandic fisheries to the highest level of assurance.

Global Trust – SAI GLOBAL is the approved certification body for the Iceland Responsible Fisheries Management (IRFM) Certification Programme, and is independently managing the certification and assessment methodology that is used to assess and certify Icelandic fisheries.

Key Benefits

Market Access and Choice

The Iceland RFM program is ISO 17065 Accredited and GSSI (Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative) recognised.

Resilient Brand

The Iceland RFM program allows users in Iceland to retain the highly recognised Iceland Responsible Fisheries (IRF) logo without the need to subscribe to different logos and customer facing packaging requirements.

Optimised for Iceland

The Standard was created by strictly referring to the global reference framework for fishery products certification according to the United Nations FAO Guidelines and FAO Code for Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, ensuring clarity, confidence and the choice of appropriate certification for seafood products, reflecting Iceland’s fishery management characteristics.

What Is It?

The IRF Certification Program is a common sense, practical and cost-effective approach for Icelandic fisheries to meet international set sustainability criteria.

The IRF certification program 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).
Fisheries Management

The main purpose of the IRF programme is to:

  • Recognise 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
  • One fishery, one certificate model – no more duplicate certificates and expenses
  • Third-party accredited programme provides impartiality
  • Sound governance structure
  • Chain of Custody certification provides traceability through the supply chain back to its origin
  • Transparent and collaborative assessment process
  • Recognised by credible organisations – the Global Sustainability Seafood Initiative (GSSI)

Email Us to Find Out More

If you are interested in the IRFM programme or would like to understand more about the certification process, benefits and costs, please email us.