Technical Updates


Tuesday, 04 May 2021
FSC Extends Validity of FSC Policy Responses to COVID-19 and Publishes Amended General Auditing Derogation FSC-DER-2020-001

All COVID-19 derogations and interpretations are now valid through 31 December 2021. Additionally, the general auditing derogation FSC-DER-2020-001 has been amended by adding one additional option for handling forest management re-evaluation audits.


COVID-19 has presented FSC with many challenges, the most important of which is maintaining FSC’s mission to take care of the world’s forests while protecting the health of certificate holders and auditors at the frontline of our work. As a result, FSC 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. FSC will continue to monitor the situation and may either invalidate the derogations and interpretations prior to that date or may further extend the validity date before expiry of the COVID-19 derogations and interpretations.

The updated collection document is available for download here. The updated derogation FSC-DER-2020-001 is available for download here.


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