National Risk Assessments

Status of Controlled Wood National Risk Assessments:

National Risk Assessments (NRA) are being developed in cooperation with FSC network partners (NP) under the procedure FSC-PRO-60-002 V3-0 The Development and Approval of FSC National Risk Assessments.

At present, National Risk Assessments are intended to provide specification of low and unspecified risk for the country under consideration, for the Controlled Wood categories. Where there is the need, specification is conducted at a finer scale for districts within the country.

NRAs require approval by the FSC policy and standards unit (PSU) and then become mandatory for companies seeking certification under FSC-STD-40-005, and replace assessments developed by companies.

Approved NRAs are listed in FSC-PRO-60-002b List of FSC approved Controlled Wood documents and presented in the table below. Approved and draft NRAs are available on the Global Forest Registry.

To prioritize the development of National Risk Assessments in the most important countries for sourcing Controlled Wood, a list of the Top 20 countries was compiled, based on the number of risk assessments made by companies for sourcing Controlled Wood in those countries.

Revised FSC Procedures for National Risk Assessment development

In November 2014, the FSC Board of Directors approved revised normative procedures for the development and approval of FSC National Risk Assessments (NRAs) [Read more here]. The approved documents came into effect on 1 January 2015 and can be downloaded here:

A summary of the feedback obtained during the second consultation period and responses to the main issues can be downloaded here.

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