Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) programme

Our Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) programme supports the production of high-class farmed Irish seafood and provides a means of differentiating aquaculture products in the marketplace through eco, organic and quality labelling.

About the CQA programme

Our CQA programme was developed by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) with representatives from all parts of the supply chain, from feed to fork. It is a business-to-customer assurance, which is managed according to ISO 17065, and uses aquaculture facilities as its unit of certification.

Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) Standard

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The CQA Standard is a product certification for finfish and mussels. It comprises two integral elements:

How it works

Each CQA Standard is separated into modules that cover different areas of activity on a farmed fish production site or processing plant.

CQA Farming Standard

CQA Processing Standard

General requirements

General requirements

Sub-scopes:

  • Organic production
  • Eco production

Sub-scopes:

  • Organic production
  • Eco production

General requirements

This section deals with these general management practices that you must have in place to achieve certification:  

  • The production process from inputs through to outputs
  • Assessment of the applicant, premises, operational systems and procedures.

It covers the specific product criteria in place for fishfish and mussels. This scope is available for salmon, freshwater fish and mussels.

Organic production requirements

This section deals with these additional organic production requirements that you must have in place (together with the general requirements) to achieve organic certification:

  • The production process from inputs through to outputs
  • Assessment of your additional organic procedures and systems.

This scope is available for salmon and mussels.

Eco production requirements

This section aims to help you show your commitment to environmentally sustainable development during the production process. It deals with the additional eco requirements that you must have in place (together with the general requirements) achieve eco certification. This scope is available for salmon, freshwater fish and mussels.

Who can apply?

The CQA  Standard is open to anyone within the region of Ireland, regardless of size, scale, management or minimum number of operators.

CQA feedback

Send your CQA Standards comments and questions to: CQAstandard@bim.ie

 

Applying for Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) Certification

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Our CQA team will guide you through the process of achieving certification and can advise on support available towards third-party fees for organic certification through the Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme.

Step 1: Get in touch to identify your needs

Contact us at CQAstandard@bim.ie for more information.

Step 2: Know your Standard

Download a copy of the relevant CQA Standard and familiarise yourself with the requirements:

Step 3: Get ready

Prepare your document management and record-keeping system.

Step 4: Pre-Audit

Work with your CQA team to prepare for your full audit.

Step 5: Audit

Apply to the assigned certification body and arrange a date for your audit.

Further information

Read the full requirements in your CQA Standard document. ‌

 

Certified Quality Aquaculture: certified companies

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Browse this list for details of all CQA-certified farms, hatcheries, broodstock facilities and processing plants.

cqa-certified facilities

SUPPLIER

REGISTERED SITE

ISSUE DATE

CERT #

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Certified Quality Aquaculture Programme Integrity

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The BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture programme is owned and managed by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).

BIM and its members have made a commitment that all activities of the CQA programme:

  • Are carried out in a systematic manner in accordance with defined and documented policies and procedures
  • Meet applicable legislative requirements
  • Are visible and auditable
  • Meet the needs of applicants, staff, certification bodies, accreditation bodies and all other related stakeholders
  • Describe the structure of the operating, certification and control procedures in the Programme Integrity resources.

Programme Integrity Resources to follow shortly

 

Vicky Lyons
Vicky Lyons
Speak to me about: Shellfish Quality Schemes, Food Safety Management Systems, HACCP plans, oyster and mussel quality
Direct: +353 1 2144134
Mobile: +353 87 9156271
Vera Heffernan
Vera Flynn
Speak to me about: Finfish Quality Schemes, Food Safety Management Systems, HACCP plans, salmon and trout quality, organic salmon, and Protected Geographic Indicators
Direct: +353 1 214 4193
Mobile: +353 87 419 0114
Gráinne Devine
Gráinne Devine
Speak to me about: Environmental Management Systems - ECOPACT, Appropriate Assessments under the Habitats Directive, nature conservation issues, ECO labels and Fish Farm Waste
Direct: +353 74 938 1743
Mobile: +353 87 915 6293
Catherine Morrison
Speak to me about: our environmental and quality services
Direct: +353 1 214 4118
Mobile: +353 87 919 7309

CQA Standard

CQA Farm Standard (pdf 1,006Kb) 

CQA Processing Standard (pdf 839Kb)