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Monday, 15 October 2012
Board Decision on Motion 51 Timelines

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Policy Motion 51 ("Strengthening the Controlled Wood System") from the FSC General Assembly in 2011 mandated FSC to phase-out company-developed risk assessments by 31 December 2012.
The Controlled Wood Working Group established to implement Motion 51 proposed an extension of this deadline until 31 December 2014.

The rationale behind this proposal was that the Controlled Wood Working Group was considering revised indicators for making risk designations (to better align Controlled Wood with the revised FSC Principles & Criteria) and also new procedures for developing National Risk Assessments (NRAs) that would increase their rigor, consistency, and value. As such, the Working Group felt that additional time was needed for FSC to develop these new requirements and then for Network Partners to implement them.

Board decision:
On 24 September 2012, the FSC Board of Directors approved the request of the Working Group to extend the cut-off date for company risk assessments until 31 December 2014.

Implications of the decision:
FSC certificate holders: companies can continue developing and implementing their own FSC Controlled Wood verification program according to the rules and regulations established in FSC-STD-40-005 V2-1 and FSC-DIR-40-005 until 31 December 2014.

FSC Network:
While the cut-off date has been extended, FSC remains committed to putting National Risk Assessments in place at the earliest time practicable, and will actively work with FSC Network Partners and stakeholders towards this end. As National Risk Assessments are approved, they will replace company risk assessments for those countries, and after the end of 2014, no company risk assessments shall be in use.

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