The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division is pleased to announce the addition of Bureau Veritas to its team of BAP-approved third-party certification bodies.
In a service agreement between the two organizations, Bureau Veritas Vietnam will be the technical center managing all related activities of Bureau Veritas Network in auditing and certification for processing plants, aquaculture farms, hatcheries and feed mills that apply for BAP certification.
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Bureau Veritas Vietnam is a division of Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, delivering high quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
Bureau Veritas Vietnam joins Acoura Marine (formerly Food Certification International), SGS, Sai Global (formerly Global Trust Certification), and NSF Food Safety Certification LLC as the ISO/IEC Guide 17065-accredited certification bodies (CBs) approved by BAP to perform BAP audits and certification. The use of independent, accredited CBs allows certification against the BAP standards to comply with international requirements for the operation of credible global certification schemes.
“To achieve BAP approval, CBs must go through a rigorous application process in order to demonstrate the organization has sufficient management resources, competency and expertise in seafood and aquaculture,” said BAP VP Lisa Goche. “These validated capabilities and sector knowledge that the four, now five, BAP-approved CBs and their auditors bring is a key strength of the BAP program in ensuring the integrity of the scheme. Moreover, the BAP program has been experiencing significant growth over the past several years. As a result, increasing the number of recognized CBs with the addition of Bureau Veritas is an important step in ensuring BAP is able to meet rising demand.”
“Bureau Veritas had developed a specific seafood department worldwide, with specialists for fishing and aquaculture supply chain for more than 20 years and continues to invest in accreditations like BAP for a better portfolio of services worldwide. We hope this new accreditation will be useful for our clients,” added Bureau Veritas Global Seafood Manager Laurent Galloux.
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved global performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means.
About Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas (Paris, France) is a world leader in conformity assessment and certification services. Created in 1828, the group has nearly 66,000 employees in some 1,400 offices and laboratories located in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performances by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index.
In the seafood industry, Bureau Veritas offers a wide range of certification services to ensure the commitment to good fishing and farming practices, the control of seafood safety, quality, sustainability, traceability and the engagement with responsible sourcing in supply chain.