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Thursday, 18 November 2021
Advice Note on False Claims in the FSC System and Related Procedure Updated

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FSC-DIR-40-004 and FSC-PRO-10-003 have been updated to better cover the issue of false claims.


On 01 January 2022, a new version of ADVICE-40-004-18 Addressing false FSC claims on products/projects containing material from unacceptable sources and FSC-PRO-10-003 Calculating Financial Penalty/Compensation Fee and Processing Evidence for Blocked Organizations will become effective.

These new versions clarify and provide more guidance on how to deal with false claims. New content includes:

• Clarification of the scope of the Advice Note
• Clarification of actions to be taken by certification bodies, certificate holders and FSC/ASI
• Recording of false claims on the FSC certification database
• Requirements for undertaking a root cause analysis of false claims and options to self-declare false claims
• Hierarchy of consequences for types of false claims – ranging from non-conforming products requirements to blockage
• Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and duty of co-operation


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