Please take a look at the FAQs below for answers to some of our most common chain of custody (CoC) enquiries.

Please get in touch with us if you have any further enquiries or if you require clarification.

Q I don’t handle the products, do I need chain of custody certification?

A Yes, if you take legal ownership of the products and wish to issue invoices to your customers with an FSC claim.

Q Do all our products have to be FSC certified?

A No, but you must make sure you have implemented systems for segregating FSC and non-FSC products and materials.

Q We will not be taking delivery of any FSC certified materials yet, but can we proceed with getting chain of custody certification?

A Yes. However, the certification body will want to come for a brief visit once you start handling or processing FSC products to make sure your systems are working properly.

Q Our raw materials are FSC Mix. Do we have to carry out a risk assessment on the supplier’s non-FSC sources?

A No. Any material supplied as FSC Mix or FSC controlled wood, and covered by valid certification, can go into your products without further checking.

Q Do we have to put an FSC label on our products?

A No, but they must be sold with the correct FSC claim on the sales documents in order for the chain of custody to be upheld. Products such as sawn timber are often not labelled. However, some retailers and other end-users are not FSC certified but instead hold an FSC Promotional Trademark Licence. Promotional licence holders can only promote the FSC certification of products that are finished, FSC labelled, purchased from an FSC certified supplier and supplied with the appropriate FSC claim(s). The FSC labels can only be applied by FSC certificate holders.

Q. A company that is not FSC certified carries out part of one of our processing procedures - do they also need chain of custody certification?

A. If you want another company to carry out part of the process, such as timber treatment or print finishing, then they can be included in the scope of your chain of custody certificate, provided you retain ownership of the products throughout. The products do not have to come back to you before delivery to the customer. You will need to get in touch with your certification body to include companies within the scope of your certificate.

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