Technical Updates

Friday, 02 May 2014
Consultation on Controlled Wood Standards

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Send your feedback on Controlled Wood standards and procedures to FSC

FSC’s Controlled Wood (CW) system is currently being revised, as mandated by Membership Motion 51 of the 2011 FSC General Assembly. This revision requires changes to a number of documents. The precise details of these changes are being determined based on input from the CW Technical Committee (CWTC), guidance from the FSC Board of Directors, and stakeholder consultations.

These changes include:

  • The phasing-out of risk assessments developed for companies sourcing CW, and their replacement by National Risk Assessments (NRAs). These NRAs will help determine the risk for all CW categories in a particular area.
  • New categories of risk (‘low risk’ and ‘specified risk’), along with flexible and robust risk mitigation measures known as ‘Control Measures’ (CMs), to be developed by organizations if not provided as mandatory in the NRA.
  • The assessment of these CMs for their effectiveness in mitigating risk, to be carried out by Certification Bodies, according to the appropriate accreditation standard.
  • Strengthened transparency, including requirements for the public reporting of CMs and a complaints mechanism to allow stakeholders to challenge the efficiency and other aspects of the organization’s performance. 

The implementation of the revised system will be supported by the Centralised NRA project and the temporary option for companies to conduct Interim Risk assessments.

The consultation package consists of:

  • FSC–PRO-60-002 The Development and Approval of Controlled Wood National Risk Assessments
  • FSC-PRO-60-002a FSC National Risk Assessment Framework
  • FSC-PRO-60-002b List of FSC approved Controlled Wood documents
  • FSC-STD-40-005 Requirements for sourcing Controlled Wood
  • FSC-STD-30-010 Forest management requirements for Controlled Wood certification

The detailed description of changes implemented in the second drafts, stakeholder feedback analysis, as well as the consultation package, are all provided on the  FSC International website.

Your Participation

FSC once again kindly asks for comments from all interested stakeholders on the above documents for this second consultation round. Stakeholder feedback is crucial for refining drafts and producing final requirements to ensure the most robust system possible for controlled wood.

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