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Controlled Wood Standards

The main standards within the Controlled Wood system are:

FSC Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005)

In order to use material as Controlled Wood (CW), the Company must implement Chain of Custody requirements (FSC-STD-40-004) and the requirements for Controlled Wood outlined in FSC-STD-40-005. According to FSC-STD-40-005, the Company shall use only material purchased as controlled from another FSC Certificate Holder or verify material itself.

For company verification, the company must assess the region from where material is purchased through so called Risk Assessment. When there is low threat of wood coming from unacceptable sources, risk designation for the region is low. Whenever there are potential risks in any of the Controlled Wood Categories or insufficient information to confirm low risk – risk designation is unspecified.

For unspecified risk regions, the Company shall conduct further verification in accordance with FSC requirements. If the material cannot meet FSC requirements it cannot be used in FSC Mix products.
What is Controlled Wood Risk Assessment?

Controlled Wood Risk Assessment is a broad scale assessment of the areas from where material is sourced (at e.g. national, regional, eco-regional levels), for each of the 5 Controlled Wood categories: wood that is illegally harvested, harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights, harvested in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities, harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use or harvested from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

Currently FSC develops National Risk Assessments in cooperation with FSC Network Partners, usually covering the whole territory of the country. Approved by FSC, National Risk Assessments are mandatory for all companies and replace company Risk Assessments. From 31st December 2014 National Risk Assessments will become mandatory and no company-Risk Assessments shall be used to evaluate risk.

Where can Risk Assessments be found?

The main sources of information on National Risk Assessments are found on the FSC Global Forest Registry.
The FSC Global Forest Registry is a web-based tool that provides information on potential risks of unacceptable sources throughout the world. It covers more than 150 countries and is designed to meet the needs of companies evaluating their sources against requirements outlines in FSC-STD-40-005.
The status of the development of a National Risk Assessment is provided in the FSC NRA database.
Approved company-Risk Assessments can be found on the FSC Database.

FSC Directive on FSC Controlled Wood

FSC has received input from stakeholders, including Certification Bodies, requesting a reduction in the number of normative documents and to make the normative standards system more comprehensible. FSC therefore combined all previous Advice Notes into a single document or “directive”. An FSC directive includes all advice issued in relation to a single standard. The relation to a particular standard is reflected in the document code. Where new advice is approved, these are added to the directive and the revised document reissued.

FSC Controlled Wood Standard for Forest Management Enterprises (FSC-STD-30-010)

This standard specifies the basic requirements applicable at the forest management unit (FMU) level for forest management enterprises to demonstrate to a company or third party certification body that wood supplied is controlled. It requires forest management enterprises to provide evidence that the wood they supply has been controlled to avoid wood that is illegally harvested, harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights, harvested in forest management units in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities, harvested in areas in which forests are being converted to plantations or non-forest use or harvested from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

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Now in high gear, the Controlled Wood revision process offers many opportunities for your participation – including two rounds of stakeholder consultation on the standard drafts.

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