Controlled Wood

Controlled Wood (© FSC A.C./ Milan Reška)© FSC A.C./ Milan ReškaThe Controlled Wood Program develops, reviews and maintains FSC standards for non-FSC certified material used in FSC Mix products.

The non-certified portion has to comply with the FSC Controlled Wood standards which enable manufacturers and traders to avoid timber and timber products from unacceptable sources.

The 5 Controlled Wood categories of unacceptable material

Only materials from 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 civil 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 main FSC Controlled Wood standards are:

FSC-STD-40-005 V2-1 FSC Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood
This standard has been designed to allow companies to avoid trading material from unacceptable sources.

FSC-STD-30-010 V2-0 FSC Controlled Wood Standard for Forest Management Enterprises
This standard specifies basic requirements applicable at the forest management unit (FMU) level for forest management enterprises to demonstrate to a company or third party certification body that wood supplied is controlled.

A Controlled Wood Strategy

FSC has announced the future development of a formal strategy for Controlled Wood to outline the scope and goals of the system for the next 10 years. Read more here.

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. Read more here.

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