MSC formalizes independent peer review college
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The Peer Review College currently includes around 50 independent experts in marine science and fisheries management

 
The Peer Review College currently includes around 50 independent experts in marine science and fisheries management. (Photo: MSC/FIS)

 

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The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has formally established an independent Peer Review College so as to strengthen the peer review process for its assessments. 

What it seeks is that the College can give greater confidence to the MSC, fisheries and certifiers of the competence, independence and credibility of all peer reviewers involved in assessments to the MSC Fisheries Standard.

The Peer Review College currently includes around 50 independent experts in marine science and fisheries management and is administered by the MSC under the direction of a Peer Review Oversight Committee, composed of two representatives of the MSC’s Stakeholder Advisory Council and one representative of the Technical Advisory Board.

“Peer review of independent certifiers’ initial assessment of a fishery is already an important part of the MSC assessment process, ensuring that certifiers’ decisions are based on evidence and that all information is considered in an impartial and accurate way,” stressed Dan Hoggarth, the MSC’s Head of Standards Governance. 

Members of the Peer Review College have at least five years’ experience in a relevant area of fisheries or marine conservation management or research, as well as relevant academic qualifications. They have also passed training on the MSC Fisheries Standard and are required to declare any potential conflicts of interest relevant to any assessment they are considered for as a reviewer.

The MSC standards

Peer reviewers are selected to review fishery assessment documents based on their knowledge of the type, location and issues associated with the fishery. Each fishery assessment is normally reviewed by two members of the Peer Review College, with the selections guided by two third party scientists engaged by the College.

For his part, Dr Keith Sainsbury, one of the Peer Review College’s third party scientists pointed out that the results of the pilot have been very encouraging and that both certifiers and fisheries have seen the benefit of a thorough review of assessments by two independent experts at an early stage in an assessment. 

Sainsbury highlighted that reviewers comments add additional scrutiny and clarification to assessors’ reports and certifiers have responded well to their feedback.

The Peer Review Colleague was established as a pilot in 2016, following the recommendations of an independent review of the MSC’s processes in 2011 and consultations with stakeholders in 2013.

Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), accredited to assess fisheries to the MSC Fisheries Standard were notified of the final transition to the College to a formal part of the MSC process.

Reviewers must be sourced from the College in all new MSC fishery assessments from September 1, 2017.

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