Interpretations of the normative framework


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FSC-POL-20-002 Partial Certification


Question

Does FSC require obligatory on-site evaluation of areas not included in the scope of certification as only mean of verification to determine compliance with Principle 1 (long term commitment to the FSC Principles and Criteria)?

Normative ReferenceFSC-POL-20-002
Requirement(s)2.3.c
PublishedMonday, 14. December 2015

Answer

No, FSC-POL-20-002 does not require on-site evaluations to assess compliance with Criterion 1.6. However, if the certification body considers necessary on-site evaluations for this purpose, they may be conducted.

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Question

Does research on GMOs by FSC certificate holders constitute a breach of the FSC Partial Certification Policy?

Normative ReferenceFSC-POL-20-002
Requirement(s)Section 4
PublishedFriday, 04. July 2008

Answer

Research on GMOs (as defined in this policy) outside FSC certified forest management units does not represent lack of commitment to the FSC and as such does not represent a breach of the FSC Partial Certification Policy. This is clearly established by the Policy itself.

For the purposes of this clarification, research is understood as activities that:

  • have a clear investigative purpose (i.e. test a hypothesis),
  • are carried out on a limited scale and with defined timelines that are compatible to the scope of the research,
  • are conducted following all related legal requirements, including safeguards and permits.
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Question

Does FSC still require that FSC members have to have a significant part of their production forests certified by an FSC accredited certification body or be certified within a reasonable time frame (normally this will not exceed two years).

Normative ReferenceFSC-POL-20-002
Requirement(s)Section 1 (Rules for FSC members)
PublishedFriday, 04. July 2008

Answer

No, until further clarification from FSC, FSC members shall follow the requirements as stipulated for non-members (Section 2)

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