Controlled Wood

What is FSC controlled wood?

FSC operates with the Controlled Wood system to minimise the risk of including wood from five categories of Unacceptable Sources into FSC products. (© Brent Stirton Getty Images WWF)© Brent Stirton Getty Images WWFFSC controlled wood certification is designed to allow organisations to avoid the categories of wood which are considered to be unacceptable and are to be used in products carrying the FSC Mix label.


FSC controlled wood is defined as: virgin wood or wood fibre which has been verified as having a low probability of including wood from any of the following categories:

a) Illegally harvested wood;

b) Wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;

c) Wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities;

d) Wood harvested in forests being converted from natural and semi natural forest to plantations or non- forest use;

e) Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

Further Information

FSC standards related to controlled wood, and all other FSC policy and standards documents, can be found in our Business Document Centre.

The Global Forest Register

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The Global Forest Register is a free on-line resource providing guidance on risk designations for the five controlled wood categories in over 150 countries. Other tools and resources can also be found on this site. www.globalforestregistry.org

National Risk Assessments

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The status of FSC controlled wood national risk assessments can be accessed here.

Controlled Wood Risk Assessment for the UK

FSC UK has completed an FSC Controlled Wood Risk Assessment for the UK (FSC-CWRA-006-GBR V3-0). The assessment received official approval in March 2014 and concludes that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all low risk for all categories.

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