Technical Updates

Monday, 24 October 2016
Bureau Veritas' FSC Accreditation Suspended Worldwide


Accreditation Services International (ASI) has suspended certification body Bureau Veritas from issuing FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) and Forest Management (FM) certificates worldwide. The suspension came into effect on 19 October 2016 and it restricts Bureau Veritas' ability to continue to offer and provide FSC accredited CoC and FM certification.

This suspension is a result of the company’s failure to resolve major non-conformities with FSC accreditation standards.

This suspension will be enforced for a maximum of six months during which period Bureau Veritas must demonstrate having closed all major nonconformities in order for the measure to be lifted. If the accreditation is not reinstated within that time frame, clients of Bureau Veritas will need to seek a new FSC-accredited certification body in order for their FSC certificate to remain valid.

The suspension places restrictions on Bureau Veritas’s ability to continue to offer and provide accredited certification. Whilst suspended, Bureau Veritas cannot enter into new agreements for certification or perform initial certification services.

FSC certificates issued by Bureau Veritas remain valid during the suspension. Bureau Veritas can also continue to conduct surveillance and re-certification audits for existing clients. If the accreditation is not reinstated within six months and is instead withdrawn, a transition period of 6 months will allow for certificate holders to enter into a new agreement with another accredited certification body to seek a new certificate.

This action reinforces expectations that standards are continuously audited with the consistency that is expected by FSC and that accreditation body ASI oversees all certification bodies rigorously.

Bureau Veritas has issued 3,800 CoC certificates and 100 Forest Management FSC certificates in 63 countries worldwide.

For any questions or comments please contact ASI at

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