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What is ASC certified?
What is Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)? – Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification assures buyers, retailers, and consumers that aquaculture production conforms to the world’s leading standard for responsibly farmed fish and seafood.
- This certification demonstrates to retailers, consumers, and stakeholders that farmed products were raised responsibly from both an environmental and social perspective.
- SCS offers ASC services for the following standards: Salmon, Trout, Seriola/Cobia, Shrimp, Abalone, Tilapia, and Feed Mills.
- The ASC standards were created to recognize and reward responsible aquaculture, and the standards were developed through a collaborative and transparent process with scientists, conservation groups, NGOs, aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and food service companies, and consumers.
Achieving ASC certification demonstrates that farmed products adhere to the highest standard of responsible aquaculture. Set your operation apart by becoming certified to ASC. Why Choose SCS? Achieving ASC Certification provides independent assurance to your customers that your farmed fish and seafood products comply with rigorous environmental and social criteria.
We have expertise with all major farmed species including pangasius, tilapia, shrimp, salmon, trout, abalone, and bivalves. Unique among conformity assessment bodies, our staff scientists helped to develop three of the eight ASC standards and currently belong to the ASC Technical Advisory Group. With this expertise, we are well qualified to conduct your aquaculture farming and ASC Chain of Custody assessments, and can also bundle with seafood safety auditing.
Stakeholder comments pertaining to our ASC clients are welcomed at any time. Please visit our Stakeholder Review page here, for more information.
- Full Assessment
- Pre-Assessment (Optional)
- Program Documents
What is another name for ambulatory surgery?
Whether you call it outpatient surgery, ambulatory surgery *, office surgery, or same-day surgery, it means the same thing: surgical procedures that don’t require an overnight hospital stay. Patients and their family members or friends are important members of the care team.
Who are the ambulatory patients?
When a Patient Is Ambulatory – Healthcare professionals may refer to a patient as ambulatory. This means the patient is able to walk around. After surgery or medical treatment, a patient may be unable to walk unassisted. Once the patient is able to do so, they are considered ambulatory. A doctor may ask a nurse or therapist, “Is the patient ambulatory?”
How do I get an ASC certificate?
Our commitment to ASC certification – As GSI members, we have chosen to benchmark our performance by committing to achieving 100% of our production becoming Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified. Developed through stakeholder dialogue, and with over 150 indicators covering environmental, economic and social performance, ASC is regarded as the most challenging and all-encompassing certification available.
To achieve ASC certification, farms must complete a rigorous performance assessment and meet over 500 compliance points. After achieving ASC certification, farms undergo regular audits to ensure that they continue to meet the rigorous performance requirements. We are pleased to have reached over 600,000 tonnes of GSI salmon ASC certified, which represents approximately 65% of total GSI members’ production.
We have many more farms on the path to certification; you can track our progress towards 100% ASC certification by visiting our ASC tracker page,
What is the difference between ASC and MSC?
The Difference Between MSC Label & ASC Label – To ease your search for certified sustainable seafood, the MSC and ASC labels both indicate whether the seafood you are looking at has been sustainably sourced. So, what is the difference between them? MSC, or Marine Stewardship Council certifications, are used to label wild-caught fish (in marine settings).
How much is ASC certification?
Fees – Initial Certification Test Fees
Registration Fee: $34, paid with each order. Test Fees (other than those specified below): $53 each Advanced Level Test Fees (L1, L2, L3, and L4): $106 each Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicles (TWV) Test Fees: $85 each
Recertification Test Fees
Registration Fee: $34, paid with each order. Test Fees (other than those specified below): $53 each Advanced Level Test Fees (L1R, L2R, and L3R): $106 each You may purchase as many recertification tests as you want in an order, but we cap the cost of your tests at $159. So, the most anyone would pay to recertify in a single order is $193—no matter how many recertification tests are purchased. ASE Renewal App: For those certified in A1-A9, you may subscribe to the ASE Renewal App for $48/year to get one question per area per month, sent to your mobile device, to recertify and keep your credentials current. Visit www.ASERenewalApp.com for more details.
ASE is required to collect sales tax on applicable purchases in AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, IL, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA,WA, WI, WV, and WY. Non-Certification Test Fees
Registration Fee: $34, paid with each order. BMW Associate Assessment Test: $53 each BMW Member Assessment Test: $53 each BMW Collision Repair Technician Assessment: $53 each
Test Times * Note that ASE Certification tests usually include ten additional research questions that are not counted for score. You will not be told which questions these are, so you should answer every question. No research questions are added to Recertification Tests.
|ASE Computer Based Tests||Certification Tests||Recertification Tests|
|Test||Name||Number of questions*||Testing time||Number of questions||Testing time|
|Automobile / Light Truck Tests|
|A1||Engine Repair||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|A2||Automatic Transmission / Transaxle||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|A3||Manual Drive Train and Axles||50||1 hour||20||30 min.|
|A4||Suspension and Steering||50||1 hour||20||30 min.|
|A5||Brakes||55||1¼ hours||23||30 min.|
|A6||Electrical / Electronic Systems||60||1½ hours||25||45 min.|
|A7||Heating and Air Conditioning||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|A8||Engine Performance||60||1¼ hours||25||45 min.|
|A9||Light Vehicle Diesel Engines||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|Collision & Refinishing Tests|
|B2||Painting and Refinishing||65||1½ hours||28||45 min.|
|B3||Non-structural Analysis & Damage Repair||65||1½ hours||28||45 min.|
|B4||Structural Analysis & Damage Repair||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|B5||Mechanical / Electrical Components||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|B6||Damage Analysis and Estimating||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|Service Consultant Test|
|C1||Automobile Service Consultant||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min|
|Truck Equipment Tests|
|E1||Truck Equipment Installation & Repair||55||1¼ hours||23||30 min.|
|E2||Electrical / Electronic Systems||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|E3||Auxiliary Power Systems||55||1¼ hours||23||30 min.|
|Alternate Fuels Test|
|F1||Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles||65||1½ hours||28||45 min.|
|Maintenance and Light Repair Test|
|G1||Auto Maintenance and Light Repair||65||1½ hours||28||45 min.|
|Transit Bus Tests|
|H1||Compressed Natural Gas Engines||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|H2||Diesel Engines||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|H3||Drive Train||50||1 hour||20||30 min.|
|H4||Brakes||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|H5||Suspension and Steering||55||1¼ hours||23||30 min.|
|H6||Electrical / Electronic Systems||60||1½ hours||25||45 min.|
|H7||Heating, Ventilation, & A/C||50||1¼ hours||20||45 min.|
|H8||Preventive Maintenance & Inspection||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|Advanced Level Tests|
|L1||Advanced Engine Performance||60||2½ hours||50||2¼ hours|
|L2||Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis||45||2 hours||45||2 hours|
|L3||Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicle||55||2 hours||45||2 hours|
|L4||Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Specialist||80||3 hours||n/a||n/a|
|Parts Specialist Tests|
|P1||M/H Truck Parts Specialist||80||1½ hours||36||45 min.|
|P2||Automobile Parts Specialist||85||1½ hours||38||45 min.|
|P4||General Motors Parts Consultant||75||1½ hours||33||45 min.|
|School Bus Tests|
|S1||Body Systems & Special Equipment||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|S2||Diesel Engines||65||1½ hours||28||45 min.|
|S3||Drive Train||50||1 hour||20||30 min.|
|S4||Brakes||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|S5||Suspension and Steering||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|S6||Electrical / Electronic Systems||55||1½ hours||23||45 min.|
|S7||A/C Systems and Controls||50||1 hour||20||30 min|
|Medium/Heavy Truck Tests|
|T1||Gasoline Engines||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|T2||Diesel Engines||65||1½ hours||28||45 min.|
|T3||Drive Train||50||1 hour||20||30 min.|
|T4||Brakes||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|T5||Suspension & Steering||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|T6||Electrical/Electronic Systems||60||1½ hours||25||45 min.|
|T7||Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems||50||1 hour||20||30 min.|
|T8||Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI)||60||1¼ hours||25||30 min.|
|X1||Exhaust Systems||50||1 hour||20||30 min.|
|Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Tests|
|MIL2||Diesel Engines||40||1 hour||n/a||n/a|
|MIL3||Drive Train||40||1 hour||n/a||n/a|
|MIL5||Suspension, Steering and Hydraulics||40||1 hour||n/a||n/a|
|MIL6||Electrical / Electronics||40||1 hour||n/a||n/a|
|MIL7||Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning||40||1 hour||n/a||n/a|
|MIL8||Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS)||40||1 hour||n/a||n/a|
|BMW1||Associate Level Assessment||60||1¼ hours||n/a||n/a|
|BMW2||Member Level Assessment||60||1¼ hours||n/a||n/a|
|BMW3||Collision Repair Technician Assessment||60||1¼ hours||n/a||n/a|
Why do people choose ASC?
4. Cost savings for all – Because of the efficiency and effectiveness of an ASC, patients generally pay less compared to hospitals. By some estimates, patients can save at least 45% compared to a conventional hospital. Since there are no real-time delays, the patient would not spend more time and money on conservative care.
What is ASC mission?
About ASC Sustainable seafood means the world to us. That is why we are setting the standard for seafood farmed with care. We promote responsible seafood farming as a contributory solution in helping feed the world’s population with care for our planet and people.
- Many of us enjoy eating fish.
- It’s healthy and nutritious — and an affordable protein for our world’s rapidly growing population.
- Today, 33% of wild fish stocks have reached their biological limit, thus seafood from wild catch will not be able to feed the world’s growing population.
- That is why more than half of the fish eaten around the world now originates from seafood farming, and the share is predicted to increase.
The rapid growth of aquaculture has led to badly managed fish farms, water pollution, damage to local environments and poor working conditions. A lot is at stake, given that seafood provides livelihoods and an affordable animal protein for billions of people, especially in developing countries.
- That’s why it is more important than ever that seafood farming is done responsibly, with care for people and the planet.
- Our mission at ASC is to transform the industry towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
- In 2010, we launched the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) as an impact-driven NGO.
We partnered with the and to make aquaculture more sustainable. We do this by setting strict standards for seafood and farms and deliver high assurance throughout the supply chain. To drive our third party certification and labelling programme for seafood farming worldwide, we work with the environmental and scientific community and beyond. Together, we develop standards with other NGOs, academics, farmers, retailers and experts. We make an impact at every step, from water quality, responsible sourcing of feed, disease prevention, animal welfare, to fair treatment and pay for workers to maintaining positive relationships with local communities. Only after they pass the audit, a farm’s seafood can be sold in retail stores with the ASC label on pack.
- It lets consumers know they’ve made the most trusted seafood choice produced with care for people and our planet.
- Every package of ASC labelled seafood is traceable back to ASC certified farms.
- Then we reinvest income from ASC certified products and charitable donations to promote responsible seafood farming.
Today, ASC labelled seafood is already available for consumers in more than 90 countries, thanks to the uptake of ASC with producers and businesses around the globe. But this is just the start. Every day, we work on further improvement of our certification programme and innovations beyond just certification.
- This is how we can continue to deliver proven, measurable and meaningful impact on people and our planet.
- Together with our partners, the ASC runs an ambitious programme to transform the world’s seafood markets seafood farming globally and promote the best environmental and social aquaculture performance towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
Read more about: Our robust standards
- The ASC Standards are developed in line with and .
- The requirements in the standards are realistic, measurable and auditable, and deliver real change.
- We also use the for Assessing the Impacts of our Standards to demonstrate the change we foster through our work.
- Our commitment to use the ISEAL Impacts Code required the development of a rigorous monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process to capture the effort farms make on their journey towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility. The M&E process requires that we:
- define our organisational objectives
- understand what we must do to achieve these objectives
- identify how we measure our achievements
- seek feedback from key stakeholders in an effort to refine the system over time
The doesn’t just give us a framework for setting up a process for our long and short term objectives but ensures that we can demonstrate that the environmental and social impacts of seafood farming have been reduced and that we are promoting positive change.
Independent, transparent and inclusive certification process The assessment procedure for ASC certification is independent, done by accredited certifiers, and allows for a high level of stakeholder engagement. Each farm audit is announced onour website in advance and all stakeholders — including the community, the public, NGOs and many others— are encouraged to submit information and data online at multiple points in the certification process.
The auditor will hold site visits and solicit participants for public meetings near the audit sites and other locations as appropriate. The draft audit report can be viewed for 15 working days prior to the close of the process and anyone can raise an objection—which the CAB must consider prior to making a final decision— if so desired.
The final report including non-conformities and corrective actions are also on the ASC website. Continuous improvement As science and best practices change, our standards will also change to stay up-to-date. We conduct of all standards and the programme as a whole. During these, we run extensive public consultation periods inviting stakeholders to input and contribute to the revision.
This way, we ensure our ASC standards remain robust and meet or exceed best industry practices. Our Theory of Change We are a globally recognised programme that uses market mechanisms to drive environmental and social improvements in seafood farming. Seafood lovers and buyers choosing seafood products with the green ASC label reward farmers that have proven to care for people and the planet. Proven impacts
- ASC creates demonstrable, positive change in global aquaculture.
- As more farms join the ASC Programme and we continue to expand our scope, we will increase our reporting to demonstrate our impact and understand the change to which ASC and our farms are contributing.
Read the latest ASC and aquaculture news. : About ASC