Technical Updates

Monday, 07 November 2011
Minor review of FSC Controlled Wood standard is open for public consultation

A minor review of FSC Controlled Wood standard (FSC-STD-40-005 Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood) is currently open for public consultation. This minor review results from the FSC efforts to align its standards with EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), US Lacey Act and FLEGT and is a separate process from the more comprehensive review of the FSC Controlled Wood standard.

This minor revision highlights the standard changes which need to be initiated now in order to have all certificate holders in compliance in advance of the date when the EUTR enters into force on 3 March 2013.The main changes in the draft standard relate to information regarding species, country of harvest, trade and customs laws. The document also contains some edits in order to adjust references and terminology and Annex 4 was completely removed and incorporated into Parts 4 and 5 of the standard.FSC invites interested stakeholders to comment on this draft exclusively on the topics detailed above. Changes in the standard other than this shall be addressed as part of the more comprehensive review of the FSC Controlled Wood requirements, which is planned to happen in the course of 2012.The public consultation is open until 30 November 2011 and comments shall be submitted to l.massaroth at fsc point org, by using the comment form template provided by FSC.Please access the draft standard and the comment form template.

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