Controlled Wood

Highest standards for non-certified materials

Controlled Wood (© FSC A.C.)© FSC A.C.What is Controlled Wood?

Controlled Wood is material that can be mixed with certified material during manufacturing FSC mix products. This has enabled manufacturers to manage low and fluctuating supplies of FSC certified forest products, while creating demand for FSC certified wood.

How is Controlled Wood controlled?

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 human 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 controlled materials can be verified either by the manufacturer according to the 'company' standard for Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005) or through Controlled Wood Forest Management certification, according to the standard FSC-STD-30-010.

Controlled Wood standards are related to both the Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification.

Why do we need Controlled Wood?

Thanks to Controlled Wood a great number of manufacturers can take part in promotion of mission and vision of FSC throughout the world. Thanks to FSC mix-products, FSC can reach more consumers and is more visible on the market. Controlled Wood is also considered as a first step towards achieving full FM certification.

Revision of the Controlled Wood system

Since the FSC Mix label was introduced in 2004, some stakeholders have expressed concerns about FSC’s approach to Controlled Wood and the Controlled Wood standards. As a result of a continued wide discussion among stakeholders, the FSC Membership decided to revise and strengthen the Controlled Wood standards.

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