Chain of Custody Small Business
Group Scheme

(© FSC A.C.)© FSC A.C.Group chain of custody has been developed to help smaller enterprises achieve FSC certification by reducing the costs and administrative burden of certification.


How does it work?

Small businesses can become jointly certified under one certificate. A certification body audits a sample of members and carries out a risk assessment of the entire group scheme rather than auditing each individual business. A group manager ensures that all group members are using systems that satisfy the FSC requirements.

Am I eligible?

Groups can only contain businesses that have either:

  • Under 15 employees
  • Under 25 employees and a turnover of under $1 million

How do I join?

Click here for a list of FSC chain of custody group schemes in the UK.

Please note that whilst it can be cost-effective to be part of a group scheme, it is also worth getting at least one quote direct from a certification body, for comparison.

Can I run a group scheme?

Trade associations, marketing groups or other groups with a common need to achieve FSC chain of custody certification, can potentially run group schemes. Please get in touch with an FSC accredited certification body if you are interested in establishing one.

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