Technical Updates

Wednesday, 09 April 2014
FSC amends requirements for controlled wood risk assessment

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Aligning certification standards with European law

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has amended its requirements for risk assessment related to the legality of wood used in FSC Mix products.

FSC is working to align all its standards with the requirements of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). As part of this alignment, FSC has adopted the term “applicable legislation” to describe the laws, regulations, and international treaties, conventions and agreements that must be considered when implementing FSC standards in line with EUTR requirements.

The amendment of risk assessment requirements in the controlled wood standard is another step to ensure alignment with European regulations. The controlled wood standard requires an assessment of whether “logging-related laws” are being enforced in areas where controlled wood is sourced. FSC has now clarified that “logging-related laws” means the same as “applicable legislation”. The amended requirements are shown in the new version of FSC-DIR-40-005, ADVICE-19, which can be accessed here.

To help certificate holders and certification bodies follow Advice Note 19, FSC is providing a user-friendly guide for risk assessment for legality in controlled wood, which can be accessed here.

Fur further information about Controlled Wood, please click here.

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