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Controlled Wood

Controlled Wood (© FSC A.C./ Milan Reška)© FSC A.C./ Milan Reška

The Controlled Wood Program develops, reviews and maintains FSC standards for non-FSC certified material used in FSC Mix products.

The non-certified portion has to comply with the FSC Controlled Wood standards which enable manufacturers and traders to avoid timber and timber products from unacceptable sources.


The 5 Controlled Wood categories of unacceptable material

Only materials from FSC-acceptable sources can be used as controlled. There are 5 categories of unacceptable material that cannot be mixed with FSC certified materials:

  • illegally harvested wood
  • wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights
  • wood harvested in forests in which High Conservation Values are threatened by management activities (HCVs are areas particularly worth of protection)
  • wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
  • wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

The main FSC Controlled Wood standards are:

FSC Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood
(FSC-STD-40-005)
This standard has been designed to allow companies to avoid trading in illegally harvested wood, wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights, wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities, wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use, wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

FSC Controlled Wood Standard for Forest Management Enterprises
(FSC-STD-30-010)
This standard specifies 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 allows 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 nonforest use or harvested from forests in which genetically modified tress are planted.

Read more about the Controlled Wood Standards and revision of Controlled Wood system.

A Controlled Wood Strategy

FSC has announced the future development of a formal strategy for Controlled Wood to outline the scope and goals of the system for the next 10 years. Read more here!

Got Feedback?

Contact Joanna Nowakowska at j.nowakowska at fsc point org

Webinar recordings available!

FSC previously held webinars on three topics related to the consultation of revised Controlled Wood documents:
1. Revised Controlled Wood requirements
2. National Risk Assessments and the Centralized National Risk Assessment
3. Accreditation standards and transition rules
To download webinar presentations, transcriptions and recordings, visit this website.

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