Technical Updates

Monday, 31 October 2016
Holzforschung Austria's FSC Accreditation Suspended Worldwide


Accreditation Services International (ASI) has suspended the certification body Holzforschung Austria (HFA) from issuing FSC chain of custody (CoC) certificates worldwide. The suspension came into effect on 21 October 2016.

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

The suspension will be in place for a maximum of six months and it restricts Holzforschung Austria’s ability to issue new FSC CoC certificates or perform initial certification services globally. However, existing certificates issued by Holzforschung Austria will remain valid and the company can continue to conduct surveillance and re-certification audits for its clients during the period of suspension.

The suspension can be lifted if Holzforschung Austria addresses and closes all major nonconformities during the next six months. If the accreditation is not reinstated within six months and is instead withdrawn, a transition period of 6 months will allow for certificate holders to enter into a new agreement with another accredited certification body to seek a new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.

Holzforschung Austria has issued 135 FSC CoC certificates.

For any questions or comments please contact ASI at

© Forest Stewardship Council® · FSC® F000231