Organisation Stichting Viskeuringsinstituut (Fish Inspection Institute) (VKI)
Country Suriname
Last update : 29/11/2018
Address Vangbalstraat 29, Bethesda , Vangbalstraat 29, Bethesda , Paramaribo  
Telephone +597568162
Fax +597481114
Mandate Surveillance and Quality control (inspection)
Scope 3. National
Type (Semi)-Governmental
Description  Stichting Viskeuringsinstituut - VKI (Fish Inspection Institute) is established on the 5th of March 2007 and designated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (MAAF) as the Competent Authority for ensuring food safety in fishery and aquaculture products.

VKI is a private juridical entity (independent, non-profit) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (MAAF).

Legal basis and framework
The legal basis for the operation of the VKI as Competent Authority is laid down in the Fish Inspection Act of 16 November 2000 (S.B. 2000 no. 107; chapter 3 article 5 & 6) in where its duties are set out.
The Fish Inspection Act governs the requirements regarding production, trade, import and export of fishery products in Suriname.

It covers the food chain from catch and production to sale and export. The legal power for the VKI to implement enforcement measures and the prosecution of offenders is set out in the Fish Inspection Act S.B. 2000 no. 107; chapter 7 & 8).

Ministerial decisions of the Fish Inspection Act (S.B. 2000 no. 107):

• Viskeuringsbesluit (S.B. 2002 no. 9): Fish Inspection Decree; laying down the rules for implementing the Fish Inspection Act (S.B. 2000 No. 107).
• Algemene Kwaliteitsbeschikking (S.B. 2002 no. 10): Ministerial Decree General Quality; laying down the rules for implementing the quality requirements starting from the catch of fishery products.
• Proceswaterbeschikking (S.B. 2016 no. 108): Ministerial Decree Processing water; laying down the quality requirements for processing water and clean seawater.
• TVB-N Beschikking (S.B. 2018 no. 29): Ministerial Decree for analysis of Total Volatile Basic Nitrogen; laying down the rules for establishing reference methods and conditions for determining the concentration of total volatile basic nitrogen - TVB-N in fishery products.
• HACCP-Beschikking (S.B. 2002 no.13): HACCP Ministerial Decree; laying down the rules for implementing internal quality control system (HACCP - Decision).
• Additievenbeschikking (S.B. 2002 no.14): Ministerial Decree Additives; laying down the rules on the use of food additives in the preparation of fishery products.
• Viskeuringstarievenbeschikking (S.B. 2015 no.149): Fish Inspection Tariffs Ministerial Decree; laying down the rules for implementing Article 11 paragraph 2 of the Fish Inspection Act (S.B. 2000 no.107), with regard to inspection fees.
• Wijziging Viskeuringsbesluit (S.B. 2008 no.118): Amendment Fish Inspection Decree
• Wijziging Algemene Kwaliteitsbeschikking (S.B. 2008 no.40): Amendment Ministerial Decree General Quality.
• Wijziging Proceswaterbeschikking (S.B. 2018 no.78): Amendment Ministerial Decree Processing water.

VKI is the Competent Authority for ensuring the quality of fishery and aquaculture products in accordance with applicable legal requirements.

As the Competent Authority in Suriname for fishery and aquaculture products, VKI aims to ensure that the consumer is always assured of a safe and qualitatively responsible product.

1. To monitor and ensure food safety in the production, marketing, import and export of fishery and aquaculture products;
2. To perform the work in accordance with ISO 17020 quality systems for Inspection and ISO 17025 for the Laboratory;
3. To ensure adequate qualified staffing in order to achieve institutional goals at present and in the future.

The general policy framework is set out in the (1) Annual working plan of VKI (which includes national monitoring-, sampling-, audit- and inspection plan) and (2) the quality manuals of the main departments (Inspection Department and the Laboratory).

In the context of monitoring, surveillance and control activities VKI collaborates with:
- The Fisheries Department of the MAAF: license conditions regarding fishing vessels. The Fisheries department is in charge of issuing fishing licenses to fishing vessels;
- The departments of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry of the MAAF: border control;
- Ministry of Public Health (Environmental inspectors and Central Laboratory): control on food hygiene and outsourcing of analysis;
- Anton de Kom University of Suriname: environmental issues;
- Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism: advices in the process of the issuance of governmental permits for trade and industrial processing of fishery products;
- Ministry of Finance (Customs Department): conditions for export and import of fishery products;
- Ministry of Defence (Navy): license and hygiene conditions regarding fishing vessels;
- Ministry of Justice and Police: enforcement.

Upcoming collaboration with:

- Ministry of Internal affairs (Coastguard): license and hygiene conditions regarding fishing vessels.

1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 313 Fishery
1.2 Institutional dimension Legislation & law enforcement
1.4 Target group(s) 1. Local communities
2. SMEs/Private sector
3. Intermediary organisations
5. Decision makers/Policymakers
2.2 Production Chain 2. Production & Management
4. Harvesting
5. Storage
6. Processing
8. Quality Control
9. Consumption/Product Use
2.3 Commodity group Fishery products
3.1 Natural Resource Mgmt. Fisheries Mgmt
3.2 Pollution-Environmental Protection 4. Human health
5.1 Sustainability Issues 1. Socio-economic Context
2. Institutional Context
7.1 Suriname-Districts Paramaribo
Relation Organisation Country
Member of Network organisation details Food & Nutrition Security-Suriname netwerk Suriname