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Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Covid-19 Updates

FSC has published derogations and interpretations which allow temporary adjustments to some FSC auditing and certification processes, in response to the restrictions on travel etc. necessitated by the current pandemic.


Updated Collection of FSC Policy Responses to Covid-19 Available (July 2020)
FSC have issued several derogations and interpretations related to COVID-19. These derogations and interpretations have been published in a single volume, together with related frequently asked questions.

Pesticides Policy Update – Extension to Transition Period (June 2020)
Recognising the impact that Covid-19 is having on the work of Forest Management certificate holders all over the world, FSC has extended the transition period for phasing in the revised Pesticides Policy to the end of 2020.

Amended Derogation and Interpretation on Undertaking CoC Audits Remotely (June 2020)
The amendments provide clarification on some elements of the derogation related to remote chain of custody (CoC) audits and align the interpretation with it.

Derogation on Undertaking Main Chain of Custody Audits Remotely (May 2020)
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, vast areas of the world are subject to travel restrictions and many certification bodies have not been able to undertake physical onsite audits for main evaluations. This derogation provides guidance on when certification bodies may perform main chain of custody evaluations remotely.

Updated Covid-19 Derogation for Certification Bodies (May 2020)
Given the recent developments around the global outbreak of COVID-19 and increasing travel restrictions, we have updated the derogation that allows certification bodies unable to conduct on-site audits to either postpone the audit or replace it with desk audits.

Derogation on Reducing the Labelling Threshold for FSC Mix Percentage Products Now Available (May 2020)
FSC has published a derogation which provides measures to temporarily reduce the labelling threshold for FSC Mix Percentage products in the timber, furniture, and construction industries.

New COVID-19 Update for Certification Bodies (April 2020)
Given the recent developments around the global outbreak of COVID-19 and increasing travel restrictions, we have updated the derogation that allows certification bodies unable to conduct on-site audits to either postpone the audit or replace it with desk audits.

Derogation on the Use of Virgin Fibre in FSC Recycled Products Now Available (April 2020)
Due to additional demands for FSC Recycled products because of the COVID-19 pandemic, FSC has issued a derogation about using virgin fibre in these products.

COVID-19 Interpretation for Multi-site and Group Internal Audits (March 2020)
FSC has issued an interpretation for the Chain of Custody Certification of Multiple Sites standard (FSC-STD-40-003 V2-1). The interpretation clarifies that internal audits of participating sites may be performed remotely in the case that the COVID-19 coronavirus presents a health risk or prevents traveling to the site due to travel restrictions.

COVID-19 Update for CBs (March 2020)
Given the recent developments around the global outbreak of COVID-19 and increasing travel restrictions, we have updated the derogation that allows certification bodies unable to conduct on-site audits to either postpone the audit or replace it with desk audits.


All updates published by FSC International in relation to Covid-19 and published by FSC International can be found here.


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