- To achieve global agreement on a basic IT architecture for seafood traceability.
- To standardise definitions and digital semantics for “critical tracking events” (CTEs) and “key data elements” (KDEs).
- To standardise data formats, security and communications protocols/mechanisms for handling KDEs at all CTEs.
- To agree on a framework for routine business-to-business practices and legal relationships governing data sharing and data security for interoperable seafood traceability.
Achieving global interoperability and efficiency in seafood traceability is currently hindered by the absence of a pre-competitive “backbone” consisting of a broadly accepted IT architecture, data format standards, data security and data communications protocols. Developing these – and linking them to product traceability practices for other food products and consumer goods – is an essential precondition of a successful global framework for seafood traceability.
Additionally, business-to-business access to information within the seafood supply chain needs to be efficient while also ensuring data ownership, control, and security. Constantly shifting buying/selling patterns raise the need for standard forms and practices by which data access can be easily negotiated and secured.
Working Group 2 will work towards articulating a shared technology architecture and common data access protocols for globally interoperable seafood traceability.