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FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups (FSC-STD-30-005 V1-1)

OVERVIEW

Title: FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups
Code: FSC-STD-30-005 V1-1
Type: Standard
Coordinator: Joachim Meier-Dörnberg
Start Date: 17 August 2017
Purpose: This standard specifies the requirements for the evaluation and certification of group entities (the certificate holder) managing a group of forest management units under a single certificate, a process referred to as ‘group certification.'
Working Group:
  • Joachim Meier-Dörnberg, Social Policy Manager at FSC International
  • Annah Agasha, East Africa Project Manager
  • Lauri Ilola, Development and Marketing Manager at FSC Finland  

TIMELINE

Date DD.MM.YYYY Activity Additional Information  
11.07.2017

FSC Director General Kim Carstensen approved the revision of the standard.

Note
The Director General has full authority to approve "small changes to technical normative documents and for aligning normative documents with approved changes in associated normative documents" under the provisions of Annex 4 of FSC-PRO-01-001 V3-1 The Development and Revision of FSC® Normative Documents.

Technical Update  
17.08.2017 Group Certification Now Open for 30-Day Consultation

Minor changes have been made to the FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups (FSC-STD-30-005 V1-0) to clarify and simplify requirements related to smallholders, with a full revision to come in 2018. The consultation is open to all stakeholders from 17 August to 16 September.
Technical Update  
15.10.2017

Public Consultation finalized

Between 17 August to 16 September 2017, the public consultation for the minor revision of the FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups (FSC-STD-30-005 V1-1) was conducted. 56 stakeholders participated in this process. The majority supported the proposed changes. – All contributions have been equally analysed, objections been incorporated. In addition to it, all stakeholder quotes will be used to inform the ongoing major revision process.

Technical Update  
31.01.2018

Revised Group Standard now available on the website

The FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups (FSC-STD-30-005 V1-1) is now available on the FSC website (https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/317). The effective date for on the ground application is 1 April 2018.      

Technical Update  
27.03.2018

Alignment of the FSC Standard for Group Entities in Forest Management Groups (FSC-STD-30-005 V1-1) to revised standards FSC-STD-40-004 V3-0 Chain of Custody Certification and FSC-STD-50-001 V2-0 Requirements for use of the FSC trademarks by certificate holders is under development. In the meanwhile, the following procedure applies as of 01 April 2018:

Code: INT-STD-20-001_21; Requirement (s): Clause 4.8.2; Publication date: 15 March 2017 

Question: Where a newer FSC standard contradicts an older FSC standard, should CBs follow the newer standard?

Answer: (III)  There is a contradiction between rules in different standards. In this case the newer rule supersedes the older rule. 

Technical Update