Implementation Metrics Rubric

Disclaimer – The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) does not presently have a mechanism to independently verify the validity of claims made about the implementation or compliance with the GDST standards. As more companies implement the GDST standards, systems to validate such claims may be developed in the future.

Purpose:  This tool provides a point of reference in which to orient a company’s implementation roadmap. Based on the Core Normative Standards, this set of indicators and metrics gives a quantitative framework for companies to assess their progress towards implementing the GDST Standards and Guidelines for Interoperable Seafood Traceability Systems. The indicators are a combination of normative standard adherence and analytical capabilities.

Use: This tool is meant to use for internal benchmarking purposes. It can also be used in conjunction with brand standards among a supplier base. Adherence to this checklist does NOT constitute “GDST compliance,” but by meeting these indicators companies should be able to expect interoperability with their supply chain partners, global uniqueness on a batch/lot level, and have the capability to use KDEs for analyses relevant to catch legality and food safety.

Intended End Users: The implementation indicators will be most helpful for medium to large enterprises in the processing, distribution, and retail of seafood. It may also have application to large, vertically integrated companies that harvest or farm seafood. However, any company that works with seafood products and their distribution could find utility in this tool.

To access the GDST Implementation Metrics Rubric, please click here. 

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