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Committee: ZZ/5
Close date: 28/02/2017
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This PAS gives recommendations for exercising due diligence in relation to Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 establishing a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing (“EU IUU Regulation”), and to ensure robust traceability and decent working conditions in the seafood industry.

The PAS gives recommendations on:

What should be the considerations within a due diligence system in order to minimize the risk of IUU fish/seafood in the supply chain?

What needs to exist to assure decent conditions at work in the seafood sector?

What traceability systems are used to deliver the ability to verify claims?

The PAS covers those seafood products affected by the EU IUU Regulation, a list of which is given in Annex 1 of the Regulation. In addition to those products listed in the Annex of the EU IUU Regulation, this PAS applies to all aquatic ingredients used in seafood or products sold into the retail, food service or any other sector that contain aquatic items e.g. pharmaceuticals, pet food.

NOTE Annex 1 of the Regulation [1] is amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 202/2011 of 1 March 2011.

This PAS is for use by importers and processors that have an obligation to meet the requirements of the EU IUU Regulation, which includes the supply chains of seafood imported into and subsequently sold in the EU. The PAS can also be used by any other organization involved in the seafood industry interested in improving or promoting legal sourcing practices, full chain traceability and decent work conditions (e.g. International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention C188 for fishing vessels).

The PAS can also be used by organizations trading products not covered by the EU IUU Regulation such as marine ingredients, pet food, etc.

This PAS is of interest to competent authorities and other entities (such as NGOs, industry associations and certification bodies) where it can provide a benchmark for developing a due diligence system and provide information on the expectations of processors and importers.