Every certification is a promise

We hold ourselves and our products to the highest standards, but it's important to us that our customers have more than our word.

We back up our commitment to sustainability, quality and safety by making ourselves openly accountable to the most stringent third-party standards in the industry.

ISO, ASC, BAP and GlobalG.A.P. are just some of the third-party certification bodies that drive our commitment to continuous improvement. With these certifications as an independent, unbiased guide, our customers can be confident that Cermaq products are safe and sustainable, and come from a socially responsible company.

By 2020, it is our goal to certify all our farming sites according to the most ambitious standards for responsible salmon farming the ASC – Aquaculture Stewardship Council – has set forth.

Cermaq works with such third-party certification bodies as KPMG, DNV-GL and Bureau Veritas, which are accredited to audit and certify each standard.

ISO and OHSAS standards

The management systems we have in place are certified according to international standards for operational risk management and continuous improvement.

These standards set requirements with respect to:

  • Management responsibility

  • Structure

  • Reporting and allocation of responsibility within the organization

  • Regular risk assessment and action plans for ongoing improvement

  • Internal and external communication

  • The establishment of procedures and operational controls

All Cermaq's operations hold current certifications for Quality (ISO 9001), Environment (ISO 14001), Food Safety (ISO 22000) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001).

ASC – Aquaculture Stewardship Council

Cermaq has ASC-certified sites in all our production regions, and we were the first company to obtain ASC certification in Chile.

The ASC standard has been developed through aquaculture dialogs in which more than 2,200 people participated, including fish farmers, seafood processors, retailers, foodservice operators, NGOs, government agencies and research institutes.

The standard includes more than 150 indicators addressing issues and impacts related to seven principles:

  1. Complicity with all applicable national laws and local regulations

  2. Conservation of natural habitat, local biodiversity and ecosystem function

  3. Protection of the health and genetic integrity of wild populations

  4. Use of resources in an environmentally efficient and responsible manner

  5. Management of disease and parasites in an environmentally responsible manner

  6. Development and operation of farms in a socially responsible manner

  7. Being a good neighbor and conscientious citizen

Certification is on a site-by-site basis and requirement for smolt production and feed production are included in the requirements. The certification is valid for one year and must be renewed annually.

BAP standard – Global Aquaculture Alliance

Cermaq has obtained BAP certification in Chile and Canada.

BAP certification defines the most important elements of responsible aquaculture and provides quantitative, science-based guidelines by which to evaluate adherence to those practices. The Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) standards address environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability in a voluntary certification program for aquaculture facilities.

The BAP program outlines standards for each type of facility, from hatcheries and feed mills to farms and processing plants. Each facility may be BAP certified, earning a BAP star toward a maximum of 4-star-BAP certification.

Best Aquaculture Practices certification remains in effect for one year from the date of final certification approval by BAP. In each successive year, facilities must undergo a site inspection and review. Facilities must complete recertification by their recertification date to be in full compliance with the BAP program.

The BAP certification standards were developed in 2011 by the non-profit NGO group the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) to encourage the use of responsible aquaculture practices for a variety of species, including salmon. Cermaq was the first salmon farmer in the world to be certified to BAP standards.

GlobalG.A.P.

G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice – and GlobalG.A.P. is the worldwide standard that assures it. It is a global organization that is popular among our customers, with one crucial objective: safe, sustainable agriculture worldwide. Cermaq has obtained this certification in both Chile and Norway.

GlobalG.A.P. has its origin in Europe, where retailers developed criteria for food safety, sustainable production methods, worker and animal welfare, and the responsible use of water, compound feed and plant propagation materials. It offers 16 standards within 3 scopes: Crops, Livestock, and Aquaculture. A GlobalG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard certificate is valid for one year.

Specialized requests

When we think about sustainability, we are focused on our role in the future. But when we think about people, we need to look to the past and the traditions that matter to our customers, workers and partners.

We are dedicated to working in a way that upholds traditions in the locations where we operate, and to offering products to the widest possible range of customers. As such, we have sought additional certifications to support this commitment.

Aboriginal Principles for Sustainable Aquaculture (APSA)

The Aboriginal Principles for Sustainable Aquaculture (APSA) Standard is a third-party certification program developed by the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAA) that is designed to assist, support and facilitate the meaningful participation of First Nations in sustainable aquaculture Development.

APSA certification is a significant achievement for both the First Nation and the aquaculture operator. Certification signifies that:

  • the First Nation is successfully bringing essential economic revitalization to its community – without sacrificing social or environmental values.

  • the aquaculture operator is respectful of the values and aspirations of their First Nation partner.

Cermaq Canada is the only salmon farmer in the world to hold the APSA certification.

Halal certification

Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. In reference to food, it is the dietary standard as prescribed in the Koran.

For a product to be Halal certified, each ingredient, food additive and processing aid used in its production must also conform to Halal requirements. Additionally, the production process must be suitable for Halal requirements and must be approved by a Halal auditor.

Salmon produced by Cermaq Chile is Halal certified, helping customers seeking halal food choose our products with confidence.

Kosher certification

Kosher is a Hebrew word that means fit, proper or correct. In regards to Food production, it is used to describe products that comply with Jewish religious dietary law.

Similar to Halal products, for a product to be kosher certified, all ingredients and items used in its production must also be kosher. The production process must also be suitable for kosher requirements and therefore it must be approved by a kosher auditor. Products may be rendered non-kosher if their production lines and equipment are also used to manufacture non-kosher products.

Salmon produced by Cermaq Norway and Cermaq Chile is certified kosher, helping our Jewish customers choose our products with confidence.

ISO and OHSAS standards

Cermaq uses management systems that are certified according to international standards for systematic management of operational risk and continuous improvement.

The standards set requirements with respect to management responsibility, structure, reporting and allocation of responsibility in the organization, regular risk assessment and action plans for on-going improvement, internal and external communication, and the establishment of procedures and operational Controls.

These standards shall be in place in all Cermaq’s companies: Quality (ISO 9001), Environment (ISO 14001), Food Safety (ISO 22000) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001).


ASC- Aquaculture Stewardship Alliance – the most ambitious standard

ASC logo

Cermaq has ASC certified sites in all production regions, and was the first Company that obtained ASC-certification in Chile.

Cermaq aims to have all sites certified to the ASC standard by 2020. In our ASC Dashboard we present the status of our certification process and detailed information about the certified sites.

The ASC standard has been developed through the Aquaculture Dialogues where more than 2,200 people participated including fish farmers, seafood processors, retailers, foodservice operators, NGOs, government agencies and research institutes.

The standard includes more than 150 indicators addressing issues and impacts related to seven principles:

  1. Comply with all applicable national laws and local regulations
  2. Conserve natural habitat, local biodiversity and ecosystem function
  3. Protect the health and genetic integrity of wild populations
  4. Use resources in an environmentally efficient an responsible manner and
  5. Manage disease and parasites in an environmentally responsible manner
  6. Develop and operate farms in a socially responsible manner
  7. Be a good neighbor and conscientious Citizen

Certification is on a site-by-site basis and requirement for smolt production and feed production are included in the requirements. The certification is valid for one year and must be renewed annually.


BAP standard – Global Aquaculture Alliance

Cermaq has obtained BAP certification in Chile and Canada.

BAP certification defines the most important elements of responsible aquaculture and provides quantitative, science-based guidelines by which to evaluate adherence to those practices. The Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) standards address environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability in a voluntary certification program for aquaculture facilities.

The BAP program outlines standards for each type of facility, from hatchery and feed mill to farm and processing plant. Each facility may be BAP certified earning a BAP star, with the maximum of 4-Star-BAP certification.

Best Aquaculture Practices certification remains in effect for one year from the date of final certification approval by BAP. In each successive year, facilities must undergo a site inspection and review. Facilities must complete recertification by their recertification date to be in full compliance with the BAP program.

The BAP certification standards were developed in 2011 by the non-profit NGO group the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) to encourage the use of responsible aquaculture practices for a variety of species, including salmon. Cermaq was the first salmon farmer in the world to be certified to BAP standards.  


GlobalG.A.P - both agriculture and aquaculture

GlobalG.A.P  is a favourite certification among many customers, and Cermaq has obtained GlobalG.A.P certification in Chile and Norway. 

GlobalG.A.P has its origin in Europe, where retailers developed criteria for food safety, sustainable production methods, worker and animal welfare, and responsible use of water, compound feed and plant propagation materials. The EUREPGAP certification also meant savings for producers, as they would no longer need to undergo several audits against different criteria every year. EUREPGAP changed its name to GLOBALG.A.P. in 2007.

GlobalG.A.P. offers 16 standards for 3 scopes: Crops, Livestock, and Aquaculture. A GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard certificate is valid for one year.


Meeting specific requests

Examples of some the standards for which Cermaq can supply certified products include:

Aboriginal Principles for Sustainable Aquaculture (APSA) certification.

Cermaq Canada has obtained the APSA certification. Cermaq is the only salmon farmer in the world to hold this certification.

The Aboriginal Principles for Sustainable Aquaculture (APSA) Standard is a third-party certification program developed by the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAA) designed to assist, support and facilitate the meaningful participation of First Nations in sustainable aquaculture Development.

APSA certification is a significant achievement for both the First Nation and the aquaculture operator:

• Certification signifies that the First Nation is successfully bringing essential economic revitalization to its community – without sacrificing social or environmental values.

• Certification signifies that the aquaculture operator is respectful of the values and aspirations of their First Nation partner.

Halal certification

Cermaq Chile has obtained the Halal-certification.

Halal, when applied to food, is a dietary set of guidelines for Muslims living an Islamic lifestyle. Our third-party halal certification helps halal consumers select goods, assuring them that what they buy is halal.

Kosher certification

Cermaq obtained the Kosher certification in Chile and Norway.

Not all types of fish may be enjoyed by the kosher consumer. Cermaq supplies salmon which is Kosher Certified.


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