A 4-year collaboration agreement was signed by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) and UNE, the Spanish Association for Standardisation building on a history of close collaboration going back to 2006. The two organisations have been cooperating to standardise processes and products in the fishing and aquaculture industry. The purpose of the new agreement is to develop a set of regulatory documents in matters concerning traceability, consumer information, work conditions, food hygiene and safety, and the marketing of fishing and aquaculture products.
The technical standards are developed by the UNE Technical Standardisation Committees, one for fishing, the CTN 195, and another for aquaculture, the CTN 173, and will result in a set of guidelines that can be used by relevant associations and other stakeholders on a voluntary basis. The guidelines will be developed by leading experts in their respective fields.