The generation of the SafeFish work program includes a systematic approach to capturing and identifying issues (existing and emerging), prioritizing the issues, and undertaking technical work to provide potential solutions to overcome technical barriers. This is known as the SafeFish prioritisation process. 

Every three years a comprehensive process of scoping and ranking issues is undertaken. To date, four rounds of the full prioritisation process has been completed, these were conducted in May 2011, June 2014, October 2016 and the most recent in July 2019. Using this information, the SafeFish partners then prioritised the issues through a risk ranking process.

On the alternate years, a smaller in-house process of issue identification and prioritisation was run by the secretariat and the partners to set the work plan for that interim period.

For more information about this process, please visit the Hazards affecting seafood section.

Following the most recent prioritisation process conducted in 2019, the following technical research is being undertaken as part of the SafeFish work program for 2019 - 2021:

  • Reviewing the microbiological criteria relating to seafood in the Australia, New Zealand Food Standards Code
  • Providing education and awareness for vibrio and investigating risk management options for the Australian shellfish industry
  • Improving risk management of Ciguatera in Australia
  • Completing an application to FSANZ on the potential harmonisation of marine biotoxin standards


For more information about this research, please visit our Current Technical Research section